During the 26th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, on May 23rd 2017, WAVE in collaboration with ACUNS, UNODC, the Office of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, the OSCE and other stakeholders organised a high-level panel.
The side-event Collection of Data on Gender-Related Killings of Women and Girls – Promising Practices underscored the need to go beyond available data on femicide and violence against women. Three members of the WAVE network, Women’s Aid Ireland, the Women’s Support Centre from Armenia (on behalf of the Coalition to Stop Violence against Women) and feminicidio.net (part of the Otro Tiempo Association) presented methodologies for collecting data on femicide, that have been developed and applied in their respective countries. In 2015 Professor Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, called for “the establishment of femicide watches or observatories on violence against women which should collect data on gender related killing of women and girls/femicide". An informal consultation on femicide hosted by UNODC took place on Wednesday, the 24th of May. On that occasion an online Femicide Watch prototype platform was launched. Further information about this is available in the press release.