By Nitya Jadeja Nov. 25, 2021 Weekly Graphs
November 25 is the UN International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. The map below shows the V-Dem’s Women Civil Liberties Index across the world in 2020. This index shows women’s ability to make meaningful decisions regarding their lives. Darker blue shadings indicate higher levels of women’s civil liberties.
Violence against women is getting worse in many places. Pandemic lockdowns have made women more vulnerable to domestic violence and autocratization affects women negatively. The Taliban have restricted women's rights significantly in Afghanistan. Turkey, another autocratizing country, recently withdrew from the Istanbul Convention that was guaranteeing women’s access to an international legal framework against violence. In Sudan, violence against women has increased after the recent military coup.