Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls

Date Posted: Wednesday 30th November 2022


80% of people who experienced sexual assault last year were femaleLast week was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The theme this year is UNiTE! 16 days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls. The UNiTE campaign will aim to mobilize all society to become activists for the prevention of violence against women and to stand in solidarity with women’s rights activists. The campaign supports feminist movements around the world to resist the rollback on women’s rights and calls for a world free from VAWG. Find out more about the UN campaign here.

Our Local Data Project at the Women’s Budget Group is all about supporting feminist activism through the use of data. Knowing how to find, interpret and use statistics allows us to evidence problems, support campaigns, and – alongside the stories of survivors – it can help us to understand the key issues surrounding VAWG in the places where we live.

5% of women has experienced some form of stalking in the last year

With this in mind, we want to bring your attention to some quantitative data sources that can contribute towards an understanding of VAWG both nationally and in your local area. We hope you can use them to find some interesting statistics to support your campaigning, funding bids, social media content or any other way you can shout about these issues!

Here are some ways to find VAWG data:

  1. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today released a research update on their current and future work relating to VAWG. Find key statistics and explore the available datasets (some of which can be used to explore the situation in your local area) by clicking below. The update includes a new version of their VAWG data landscape, which provides a comprehensive list of data and evidence relating to VAWG from a range of different sources. They’ve also released new figures on domestic abuse, stalking, and a VAWG data dashboard. The ONS welcomes feedback, so do get in touch with them via the details on their website if you notice gaps in the data or have any suggestions for future releases.

See the ONS update

  1. Explore the resource hub on our website for more data sources related to VAWG, plus our new quick guide to using VAWG-related ONS datasets.

Explore our resource hub

  1. If you or your organisation would like some more intensive guidance with using data to support your feminist activism, visit our website to find out about our free training. Even if you’ve never opened a spreadsheet before, we can help give you the confidence to use facts and figures to support your work.

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