UN Women is interested in the use of Big Data to track real time movement for indicators relevant to the mission of UN Women.  The objective of this project is to understand the potential of using Twitter data combined with traditional survey data to measure societal dynamics related to violence against women (VAW) in Brazil, where the rates of homicide have been rising since 2007[1]. Brazil is among the top 5 of countries in the world with higher rates of femicide, with 4.8 femicide per 100,000 women in 2013 (just below El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala and Russia and followed by Mexico). The underlying hypothesis is that Twitter analytics gauge societal attitudes towards VAW by amplifying events reported by the media and, when analyzed from a longitudinal perspective, it may provide evidence for changes in public opinion over time. The use of Twitter data can also monitor progress towards SDG 4.2, which is to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. The research findings from this Capstone will be useful when discussing larger implications for policy making from using big data in comparison to traditional survey data.



[1] Waiselfisz, J. J. (2015). Mapa da Violência: Homocidio de mulheres no Brasil. Available: http://www.mapadaviolencia.org.br/pdf2015/MapaViolencia_2015_mulheres.pdf