The most dangerous area for women is in their home, according to a new UN study. Out of an estimated 87,000 females killed this past year, some 50,000 — or 58 percent — were murdered by partners or relatives, based on the 2018 report on the gender-related killing
of women by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Over a third of those women intentionally killed in 2017 were murdered by a current or former spouse, and 137 women are murdered by family members each day, it said.
While nearly all intentional homicide victims are killed by strangers, women are a lot more likely to die at the hands of somebody they know, the study revealed. UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said women “continue to pay the highest price for a result of gender inequality, discrimination, and negative stereotypes” and that gender-based homicide is a “lethal action on a continuum of gender-based discrimination and abuse.”
The study, published on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, seemed in homicide data associated with sexual violence and “femicide,” a term is known because of a gender-based hate crime perpetrated by men.
Globally, Asia was the region with the maximum number of women killed by partners or family members this past year, is 20,000, followed by Africa (19,000), the Americas (8,000), Europe (3,000) and Oceania (300).
But, rates were higher in Africa and the Americas, meaning women faced the best danger of being killed by partners or family members in those areas. In Africa, these homicides accounted for 3.1 victims per 100,000 of the female population and in the Americas, the rate was 1.6 victims per 100,000 of the feminine population — compared with 0.9 per 100,000 in Asia.
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While countries have taken various actions to address violence against women and gender-related killings — including the adoption of particular units and much more instruction in the criminal justice system — the report said there’s no indication of a drop in the number of gender-related killings of girls and women worldwide.
The entire number of female homicide victims seems to have increased since 2012, it said when the number of women killed by spouses or household members was estimated at 48,000 — roughly 47 percent of all female homicide victims.
The new study has called for a series of steps to combat the international problem, such
as coordination between authorities, the criminal justice system, social and health services, and involving men more in addressing the problem.
“In order to prevent and tackle gender-related murdering of women and women, men will need to be involved in attempts to battle intimate partner violence/family-related homicide and in shifting cultural norms that move away from violent masculinity and gender stereotypes,” it stated.