In Focus: Femicide research in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan


In Focus: Femicide research in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan

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Gender-related killings (femicide/feminicide) are the most brutal and extreme manifestation of violence against women and girls. Defined as an intentional killing with a gender-related motivation, femicide may be driven by stereotyped gender roles, discrimination towards women and girls, unequal power relations between women and men, or harmful social norms.

In 2022, the world witnessed a tragic peak in the intentional killing of nearly 89,000 women and girls - the highest annual figure in the past decades. Around 48,800 women and girls globally were killed by their intimate partners or family members. This translates to an average of over 133 women or girls being murdered daily by a family member.

Studying femicide is crucial for uncovering and understanding systematic violence and discrimination against women and contributes to the development of effective strategies to prevent such crimes and ensure women's safety. One of the key priorities of the UN Women regional programme “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” (Women Count) is the use of alternative data-collection methods to address data gaps and promote more comprehensive gender data and evidence. Recognizing the limitations of traditional data-collection methods, which often fail to capture the experiences and perspectives of marginalized and underrepresented groups, Women Count, in collaboration with School of Data and Data against Feminicide, launched a multi-country initiative to support research on femicide in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan based on the experience of Kyrgyzstan and best international practice.

This initiative aims at fostering collaboration on production of femicide data among researchers, media and gender advocates and gaining a deeper understanding of the nuances surrounding femicide to inform more targeted and effective interventions on ending gender-based violence.

Call for applications: Femicide research in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan
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We are thrilled to announce that the call for applications [CLOSED] among researchers, journalists and gender advocates to conduct a femicide research in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan has successfully concluded. With overwhelming enthusiasm, we have received more than 250 applications from a wide range of backgrounds across Central Asia and beyond. The initiative is dedicated to advancing research on femicide in these countries by establishing a cohesive methodology inspired by Kyrgyzstan experience and international best practice.

For more information, please refer to our Flyer and FAQ. Thank you to all who applied!


Applications in numbers
Total applications received
Shortlisted for webinars
Selected for in-person workshop
Research grants awarded
Key dates

Orientation Webinar

6 May 2024

In-person Workshop

26-28 May 2024
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Announcement of Grants

20 June 2024

Data Collection and Analysis

June-September 2024

Publication of Final Products

November 2024
Our team
Our mentors
Helena Suárez Val
PhD in Interdisciplinary
Studies and Research Affiliate
at MIT’s Data + Feminism Lab, Uruguay
Silvana Fumega
Co-founder of Data Against Feminicide, Research Affiliate
at MIT’s Data + Feminism Lab, Argentina
Savia Hasanova
Sigma Awards winner,
data journalist and mentor,
Anna Kapushenko
Editor-in-chief of Kloop media, Sigma Awards winner,
Begaim Zamirbek
IWPR Regional Program Manager,
ForSet Data Communication program
participant, Kyrgyzstan
Altynai Mambetova
Data journalist, Co-founder
of School of Data, Kyrgyzstan
Aidai Tokoeva
Project Manager,
School of Data, Kyrgyzstan
Ala Negruta
UN Women Regional Gender
Statistics Specialist for Europe and
Central Asia
Nurai Mamytova
UN Women Knowledge
Management and Programme
Consultant for
Europe and Central Asia
Meriza Emilbekova
UN Women Communications and
Outreach Specialist
for Europe and Central Asia
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