Territorial Prioritization Index for Violence against Women and Girls, a New Tool for Analysis and Decision Making in Guatemala
The Ministry of Governance of Guatemala, by way of the Third Vice Ministry for Prevention of Violence and Crime, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the InfoSegura Regional Project has updated for a third time the Territorial Prioritization Index for Violence against Women and Girls” (IPTVCM Spanish acronym) with data from 2022.
The IPTVCM is an innovative tool for targeting public policies in the territory to prevent violence against women and girls. It generates evidence that can be used to generate evidence and have an impact in the territories so as to reduce violence against women and girls.
What is it?
The robust IPTVCM tool provides users with a scale and groups of municipalities in the territory, assisting the authorities and other stakeholders to prioritize and target the prevention and assistance efforts, making for substantial improvements in governmental actions and policies that seek to eradicate violence against women and girls from a territorial approach.
What is it for?
It is used in decision-making processes to help authorities and other stakeholders to prioritize and target prevention and assistance efforts to substantially enhance public-sector actions and policies at the territorial level. The tool enhances efforts to achieve different strategic targets in matters of citizen security and violence prevention under the Strategic Policy Framework for citizen security.
Which public policies does it enhance
- National Violence and Crime Prevention Policy, 2014-2034 Citizen Security and Peaceful Coexistence Policy (Strategic Pillar for Violence against Women)
- National Plan for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women (PLANOVI)
- Strategic agenda of the National Commission for the Prevention of Intrafamily Violence and Violence Against Women (CONAPREVI).
Ways the IPTVCM is being put to use
The IPTVCM provides information that helps Guatemalan institutions prioritize the municipalities where programmes will be implemented by the Presidential Secretariat for Women, the Community Violence Prevention Unit and the Violence Prevention Office of the National Civil Police. The following national programmes leverage the information that the IPTVCM provides: Safe Schools, National Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Plan, Youth Engagement Boards, Youth Violence Prevention and Gender and Multiculturalism.
The IPTVCM displays and differentiates territories according to levels of violence, crime and vulnerability and assists in joint work on related issues. This tool was used in selecting the priority municipalities for the campaign on "#NadaJustifica" or Nothing Justifies Violence Against Women. In addition, the index is used in setting up new sites for the Programme for the Prevention and Eradication of Intrafamily Violence (PROPREVI) National Commission for the Prevention of Intrafamily Violence and Violence Against Women (CONAPREVI).
For over nine years, the InfoSegura Regional Project has worked with national institutions in Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, promoting the use of evidence in public policies for citizen security.