Infographic: Women's Attitudes to Domestic Violence

Gender Violence

This info-graphic was presented as a screen shot in the Global Health Magazine. The graphic depicts figures as high as 90% (Jordan) of women aged 15-49 responding in the affirmative when asked if a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances. The information in the graph comes from the UNICEF's Child Info website: Monitoring the Situation of Women and Children.

Why We like it

Visually there is a nice play on the traditional pie chart with the jagged lines foregrounding the harshness of the subject. Furthermore, this visualisation communicates its message very quickly. Sometimes when creating info-graphics, people can get caught up trying to convey too much information, not being selective enough, and end up creating a very layered and confusing info-graphic which might take longer to absorb than an article on the subject. Visualisation should make the communication of information more effective not less! 

What's wrong with this picture?

This example shows why you have to be really careful when you are taking statistics and turning them in to information graphics. Whilst at first glance it's an interesting graphic, it really gives a false and confusing view of the issue. The graphic has been compiled from a small selection of UNICEF's dataset on the Child Info Website (see the full list of countries) but the title suggests that it speaks to the issue worldwide. It is also looking at the issue with a "western" lens; where are the statistics for the UK and US? It is also not correctly scaled (see Somalia looks larger than Ethopia although its percentage is lower) so it does not function effectively as a graph although it's been created to look like one. Lastly it's unclear whether the percentage is intended to represent the whole country or just a sample of women. In this case, more information needed to be included.

Category: Visualisations of women's rights worldwide

Year: 2009

By: Global Health Magazine