Kadincinayetleri.org: Putting femicide on the map


Raising awareness of under-reported violence against women in Turkey through data visualization.

What does violence against women look like in Turkey? A data mapping project, conducted by Ceyda Ulukaya, reveals a dire picture of under-reported femicide throughout the country.


Literally translated as "women's murders", kadincinayetleri.org goes beyond mapping the numbers and locations of homicides. Data is humanized through a number of qualitative filters, like cause of death, the perpetrator's identity, and, strikingly, the "excuse" given.

The inclusion of a murder-pretext filter is particularly powerful. With results ranging from “dying their hair red,” “buying a new dress,” “not cooking potato croquettes,” “not passing the salt,” or “just being irritating", the audience is left questioning why more isn't being done to prevent these deaths.

"There are hundreds of murders at issue...it seemed to me as a necessity to analyze the big data to be able to discuss preventability of these murders", Ulukaya said, explaining what provoked her to begin the project.

To make sure that the project did justice to the stories behind the data, every design choice was carefully considered and contexualized to the topic at hand. Even the choice to use the color red, which to many may seem like a natural decision, was well thought out.

"In order to catch the attention and let the user stay on the site and discover the information hidden on the map we’d find a color that implies aggression and danger. Since the subject was making the map of murdered women we were already agreed to use red as the main color. Red shows the importance, and attracts attention," explained the project's designer, Sevil ┼×eten.

Yet, as ┼×eten also pointed out, red can incite anger - so the team worked hard to calculate a shade that would tell the story, without detracting from it.

The project leverages data from bianet, and will be updated to reflect new figures as they are made available.

At the moment, the project is only in Turkish; however, it is translatable via Google.

Explore more at Kadincinayetleri.org.