More than half of the women murdered worldwide were killed by intimate partners or family members, according to a recently…
More than half of the women murdered worldwide were killed by intimate partners or family members, according to a recently published study by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime. The number corresponds to about six women who are killed every hour by someone they know.
The gender equality study of women and girls is part of U.N’s forthcoming global study of murder. It was released Sunday to coincide with the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which was characterized by marches and demonstrations worldwide driven by the # MeToo movement.
The study found that the 87,000 women intentionally killed worldwide 201
7, 58 percent – 50,000 women – were killed by intimate partners or family members. The figures show a significant increase from U.N.’s global homicide study in 2012, which found that 48,000 women were killed by their family members or intimate partners, representing 47 percent of all female victims.
For Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy and advocating for the anti-violence group Futures Without Violence, the numbers are disturbing but not surprising.
“This study confirms what we have known for a long time– for women, men, boyfriends and family members, the most dangerous people in their lives are those who are likely to seriously harm or kill them” says Stewart.
While men generally make up the largest share of affected victims worldwide – 80 percent – women are much more likely than men who target intimate partners or family members, found the study. Eighty-five percent of murderers targeted by intimate partners are women.
Women in Africa and America are most vulnerable to being killed by intimate partner or family, found the study. The slayings are usually not random or spontaneous, but rather due to a long-term pattern offound the study.
The study found that the long-term problem did not show any signs of improvement. It was found that “concrete progress in protecting and saving the lives of female victims of intimate partner / family murder has not been done in recent years, despite legislation and programs developed to eradicate violence against women.”
In terms of solutions, Stewart said governments and communities should focus on prevention programs, victim services and responsibility for criminals. The efforts will vary according to challenges in each region, “said Stewart, taking note of US challenges in keeping firearms out of the hands of housekeeping. In the United States, women are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than women inaccording to the law firm Everytown for Gun Safety. During an average month, 50 American women are killed and killed by an intimate partner, according to the group, and the presence of a gun in a secret violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed.
Federal law prohibits them from having domestic violence to buy or hold weapons, but advocates say there are still bad gaps and say they should do more to misuse their weapons.
Stewart says that an improvement will also need to address the main causes of violence globally and in the United States, including gender inequalities and long-term social norms that drive men into violence against women and other men.
“The essence of ending violence changes human behavior, that’s what it will take – challenges the standards that drive so many young men into violence and thinking that is part of being a man,” says Stewart.