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[16days_discussion] Fwd: ASEAN - Lack of Data on Violence Against Women

radha paudel rpaudel456 at
Sun Sep 23 16:52:33 EDT 2012

limited data is the gobal problem though it is more in south asia.
Because, most of the human right organizations do not like to work on
violence against women and thoes who are working have limited skills and
funding resources. The donors and government also follow where the woven
already heated.

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Date: 24 September 2012 02:14
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ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian Nations -

*Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in the ASEAN


 Elly Burhaini Faizal, The Jakarta Post, August 06, 2012

Few ASEAN countries have reliable statistical data on the prevalence of
violence against women although the 2004 ASEAN Declaration on the
Elimination of Violence against Women underscored the need for reliable
statistics both to assess the prevalence of the social problem and to
continually monitor changes, a senior United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) official says.

UNFPA Representative for Indonesia, Jose Ferraris, said on Monday that such
statistics were important to inform and guide the development of national
legislation, policies and programs that could prevent violence against
women and protect survivors as well.

“Without timely and accurate indicators, it is impossible to track progress
or provide information that compels policy makers to act toward the
elimination of violence against women,” he told a workshop on
“Strengthening National Capacities to Collect Violence against Women
Statistics in the ASEAN Region” jointly held by Women Empowerment and Child
Protection Ministry, ASEAN Secretariat and the UNFPA today.

The National Commission on Violence against Women recorded that 119,107
cases of violence against women took place in Indonesia in 2011.

The workshop aims to address the need for stakeholders, such as national
health systems and planning offices, as well as those who work in women
empowerment to more effectively integrate the collection, analysis and use
of data on violence against women in national plans and programs.

During the workshop, participants from ASEAN’s ten member countries studied
various statistical methodologies, in particular the World Health
Organization’s (WHO) multi-country study methodology, available for
measuring violence against women.

Ferraris said the WHO methodology was the gold standard in measuring
violence against women and which allowed multi-country comparisons to take

“Having that kind of data and information will allow us to be able to
confidently say this is the situation of violence in the country and ask
what are the policy measures that are being taken to address the problem?”
he said.

He added that the UNFPA was now working closely with its counterparts from
the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, the National
Statistics Agency (BPS) and the National Development Planning Agency
(Bappenas) as in the end it would have to go to the DPR because of the
budgetary allocation that would be required in order to carry out the

“The WHO multi-country study on violence against women will hopefully take
place here [in Indonesia] in 2014,” said Ferraris. **

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