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On 27 April, 2020, kNOwVAWdata was interviewed in a Twitter chat by Indian Women Blog. We discussed how pandemics such as COVID-19 trigger an increase in gender-based violence, and how data on this violence can guide a more coordinated response from governments and civil society groups.

The full conversation is captured in a series of screenshots, providing useful insights into the intersection of gender-based violence, data and COVID-19. In the format of an interactive Q&A, this recap of the Twitter chat shines light on issues such as:

  • The difference between proxy and prevalence data, and why we cannot accurately and safely measure violence against women prevalence in lockdown conditions;
  • Why COVID-19 is likely to increase gender-based violence;
  • Alternative sources of data while lockdown conditions make it impossible to measure prevalence of violence against women correctly;
  • How these data can be used to inform a more gender-sensitive response;
  • The impacts of pandemics on marginalised communities; and
  • India's response to ensure women experiencing violence continue to be able to access services during COVID-19.