While Anıt Sayaç constitutes a monument that continues the memory of women who have lost their lives because of male violence, it also shows that data that seems incomprehensible or sporadic repeats itself in other cases. An analysis of these systematic patterns can shape actual policies that aim to prevent male violence. For this reason, the function of memory studies is not limited to continuing the memory of people or social groups that were subject to grave violations of human rights or creating collective conscience. It is also a reminder for policymakers of measures that should be taken to “never again” allow such violations in the future.
Therefore, the report prepared by the Istanbul Convention Monitoring Platform for GREVIO (the specialist committee formed to monitor the implementation of the Istanbul Convention) in September 2017 emphasized the importance of data regularly collected and shared by women’s organizations that have activities in shelters and organize solidarity work, and by independent media organizations. In this report, femicide data published by the Bianet news agency and We Will Stop Femicide Platform was mentioned as an example of data collection carried out by non-governmental organizations. Moreover, the report states that the data collected by the state and civil society should be shared on a database that is sensitive to gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.