More than half of the world’s murdered women in 2017 were killed by their mate or family members, making home “the most dangerous place for a woman,” according to a published UN study Sunday.
In this study released on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime calculated that out of a total of 87,000 female homicides worldwide in 2017 about 50,000 (58%) were committed by their mate or family members.
About 30,000 (34%) were committed by the victim’s partner.
“This represents about six women killed every hour by someone they know,” said the Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
The vast majority (around 80%) of homicide victims worldwide are men, but “women continue to pay the highest price in terms of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes”, said the head of the UN Office, Yuri Fedotov.
“They are also the ones who are most likely to be killed by their partner or family members (…) making home the most dangerous place for a woman,” he said. “The fact that women continue to be victims of this type of violence more than men denotes an imbalance in power relations between men and women in the domestic sphere.”
According to calculations by the UN Office, the overall rate of female homicide victims is 1.3 per 100,000 women.
In addition, Africa and the Americas are the regions of the world where women are most at risk of being killed by their partner or a family member.
In Africa, the rate is 3.2 per 100,000 women, in the Americas 1.6, Oceania 1.3 and Asia 0.9.
The lowest rate is observed in Europe, where it stands at 0.7.
According to the UN Office, “no tangible progress” to combat this scourge has been made in recent years “despite legislation and programs developed to eradicate violence against women”.
The findings of the report “underscore the need for effective crime prevention and criminal justice to address violence against women”. The report also calls for better coordination between the police and the judiciary so that perpetrators of violence are held accountable for their actions.
The report finally advocates the importance of involving men in solutions, especially through education from an early age.