The first category examines the legal framework and public policies on women’s rights, and its conformity with international standards, in particular CEDAW. It addresses laws specifically designed to combat VAWG, where such laws exist. It also concerns public policies, including budget policies, and national strategies to combat VAWG. 16 indicators are included under this category.
Each sub-indicator has a score 0 or 1. 0 is assigned when the country does not achieve or meet the sub-indicator, and 1 when the sub- indicator is met.