Organisation: Interactive Things (Switzerland)

Publication Date: 04/14/2016

Size of team/newsroom:small


Rooted in its strong patriarchal society, India reveals an obsessive preference for sons with the systemic discrimination against girls. Cultural and economical reasons lead parents to abort, kill or abandon their daughters in their earliest years of life. It’s happening right now. It’s happening every 50 seconds. The research around this topic is sound and extensive, yet not easily accessible to everyone. We believe this story has to be told publicly in order to shed light on this issue. Blending the facts from scientific studies together with personal stories from the people most affected. The result is a website that aims to raise awareness and generate discussions about this ongoing war against girls.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

We believe that our website is a unique way for people to engage with this topic for two main reasons. First, we make information accessible that was previously exclusively available in long, research-focused reports. Our format uses plain language, simple visualizations, and intuitive interactions to understand the depth and breadth of the problem. Our motivation was to reach an audience beyond the researchers, journalists and field workers that are already aware and interested. To reach people unaware of the problem, we knew that we had to deliver means to learn about the problem that are easy to access and easy to understand. Second, we combine quantitative data about the people with qualitative stories from the people. We combine both forms of information into one single narration. This invites the readers to connect with the subject on an emotional level but also empowers them to validate the phenomena with facts.

Technologies used for this project:

The website is built as a simple, static HTML document and we relied on frontend libraries including React.js and D3.js. Most of the visualizations were refined in Adobe Illustrator to match the overall look and feel. We provide static images for shareability and for people to reuse in their own publications. To make this possible, we publish our work under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.


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