For decades, advocates and researchers have stressed the need to collect more data on both violence against children and violence against women and have pushed to make sure data is disagreggated by sex, age and geography. There are few high-quality population-based data sets that measure various aspects of violence against children and women. One comprehensive household survey instrument that collects a wealth of information on the drivers, circumstances, prevalence and consequences of violence is the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS).
Findings from the VACS demonstrate that while boys and girls often face similar risks for violence, there is significant variation in experiences of violence based on gender and age, as well as contextual factors including social norms around gender roles and stereotypes and violence.
With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with Together for Girls and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AidData, a Research Lab at the College of William & Mary, undertook analyses using the VACS and additional data sets to examine the relationship between schools and violence in several countries. This brief describes the results from an analysis in which AidData researchers triangulated data from Côte d’Ivoire’s Afrobarometer survey and the VACS conducted in 2018 to examine the relationship between gender norms, education, and violence in Côte d’Ivoire.