[Photo taken from the Global Study on Homicide: Gender-Related Killing of Women and Girls report]
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released a report titled: Global Study on Homicide: Gender-Related Killing of Women and Girls. The report observes that no tangible progress has been made in protecting female victims of violence perpetrated by intimate partners and family members, despite a plethora programs designed to do just that. Women who are killed by their partners have typically suffered years of abuse. More proactive efforts to stem this violence at an early stage can therefore significantly reduce killings by intimate partners.
The report contains the following key findings:
- 87,000 women were intentionally killed in 2017.
- 58% of those were killed by intimate partners or family members, with the majority of femicides committed by intimate partners.
- 137 women are killed by an intimate partner or member of their own family, every day.
- The proportion of femicides that are committed by intimate partners or family members increased from 47% in 2012 to 58% in 2017.
- The highest number of such killings occurs in Asia, although the highest rate as a proportion of the population is found in Africa.
Read the report here.