Gender-Related Killings of Women and Girls (Femicide/Feminicide)

Authored by: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Categories: Human Rights, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: human rights, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2022
Citation: "Gender-Related Killings of Women and Girls (Femicide/Feminicide)." United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. November 2022.

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Executive Summary

A new study by UNODC and UN Women shows that, on average, more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family in 2021. The report comes ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and is a horrific reminder that violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide.

Of all the women and girls intentionally killed last year, some 56 percent were killed by intimate partners or other family members (45,000 out of 81,000), showing that home is not a safe place for many women and girls. Meanwhile, 11 percent of all male homicides are perpetrated in the private sphere.

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said: “Behind every femicide statistic is the story of an individual woman or girl who has been failed. These deaths are preventable – the tools and the knowledge to do so already exist. Women’s rights organizations are already monitoring data and advocating for policy change and accountability. Now we need the concerted action across society that will fulfil women’s and girls’ right to feel and to be safe, at home, on the streets, and everywhere.”