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In light of increasing demand for more accurate, reliable and comparable VAW prevalence data, the kNOwVAWdata initiative launched in 2016. kNOwVAWdata builds on a long history of support from Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and UNFPA to countries conducting VAW prevalence studies throughout Asia and the Pacific. These efforts combined to form the kNOwVAWdata initiative, which provides technical support and capacity building, enabling countries to undertake VAW prevalence studies in an ethical and scientifically robust way.

A hallmark of this flagship DFAT-UNFPA initiative is the partnership with the University of Melbourne and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). Under this partnership, UNFPA and the University of Melbourne have developed and piloted a standard 4-week curriculum for capacity building to measure the prevalence of VAW and improve data literacy.

The current Australia-funded phase of kNOwVAWdata runs from mid-2016 to mid-2020.