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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

47,000 Women,Girls Killed Globally In 12 Months - Report


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The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, March 8, 2022

As the world marks this year edition of International Women's Day today, reports indicate that some 47,000 women and girls were killed within 12 calendar month globally.

The horrifying figure represents that of women and girls murdered by their loved ones, intimate partners, other family members or strangers in 2020. 

This suggests that, on average, a woman or girl is killed around the world by someone in her own family every 11 minutes while women and girls in all regions across the world are affected by this type of gender-based violence, according to reports (https://www.unodc.org) with an estimated 18,600 victims.

Asia is considered the region with the highest number of victims in absolute terms, while Africa is the region with the highest level relative to the size of its female population.

Citing UN, the report also stated that National trends in gender-related killings of women and girls are often volatile. On average, Europe 
has witnessed a 13 per cent decline in gender-related killings of women and girls in the private sphere 
over the past decade, while the Americas has seen an increase of 9 per cent, although these averages 
mask contrasting trends between the countries and subregions within those two regions. 

Due to the limited availability of data, it is not yet possible to identify time trends in gender-related killings in other regions, it noted. 

Also, lethal violence experienced by women and girls in the private sphere appears to be a more intractable problem than killings of women and girls outside the home.

Eastern Europe has witnessed a reduction of 47 per cent in female homicides perpetrated outside the home over the past decade, while female homicides perpetrated by intimate partners or other family members have seen a reduction of 15 per cent over the same period.

 Although less marked, similar trends have also been recorded in Western 
Europe and South America.

However,  global data on the impact of COVID-19 confinement measures on gender-related killings of women and girls remain patchy and inconclusive. The average annual number of these killings showed an increase of 11 per cent from 2019 to 2020 in Western Europe and of 5 per cent in Southern Europe. No change 
was detectable in Northern Europe and there was a slight decrease in Eastern Europe. 

By comparison, in Northern America the number of gender-related killings of women and girls increased by 8 per cent, in Central America by 3 per cent and in South America by 5 per cent.

 These increases were of a similar magnitude to previous annual changes recorded in the past decade. 

At the national level, monthly data from a limited number of countries covering the period October 
2019 to December 2020 show high variability in trends across countries, but suggest that, overall, 
female intimate partner/family-related homicides remained on the increase.



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