Femicide map in Turkey

Femicide map in Turkey

Organisation: Independent (Turkey)

Publication Date: 01/06/2016


Size of team/newsroom:small


At what age and where were women murdered and on what pretexts? Did they demand protection before the murder? Was she systematically being exposed to violence? Could the murders have been prevented? On this matter, it is difficult to get official information from government agencies in Turkey. That's why our research is based on data acquired from bianet's Male Violence Monitoring Report after having made an -in vain- application by The Right to Information Act. The project is an interactive map on a website dedicated to keeping track of victims of femicide in Turkey. The website was launched on detailed data about 1,134 femicide victims from 2010 to 2015. It is possible to access news source and categorize female homicides according to perpetrators, pretexts, violence or divorce elements in the map which distribution of femicide by provinces and districts can be seen. So what about the outcome? There are pretexts such as “having the hair dyed to red”, “buying new dress”, “not cooking potato meatball”, “not passing the salt shaker”, or just “becoming irritated”. The perpetrators are husband, lover, father, son, brother; in short, men that are the closest to women. Of 1,134 femicide, it is possible to see that 217 of them were exposed to systematical violence, harassment or threat and 141 of them were experienced despite women appealing to an official institution for security reasons. Thus the purpose of this website is to make people see these data in a detailed way and to understand what kind of precautions should be taken in order to prevent femicide. Supported by Objective Investigative Journalism Program, the site will remain online as an up-to-date database by adding on forward looking data. Some of the options will be translated into English as well.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

The project is innovative because first of all it makes easier to access to information in a subject that government agencies prefer not to be transparent. Secondly it is based on a media research that brought all newspaper stories of femicide together and therefore constitutes an archive for researchers, students, decision makers, NGOs or whoever desiring to focus on this issue. Also the usage of map and filters help to understand multidimensional aspect of the problem and accordingly to develop solution recommendations. Furthermore, the website is special because it suggests a dynamic model that works sustainably by adding on forward looking data of femicide.

Technologies used for this project:

In order to gather offline data from news websites we used advanced Google search methods. The data is systemized via Excel and afterwards translated by Ruby and Javascript.
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