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“Women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes.”
According to a new United Nations study, the “most dangerous place” for women around the world may be at home. The findings were released by the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Sunday, International Day to End Violence Against Women.
According to the study, more than half of female murder victims in 2017 were killed by their partners or family members.
The findings were released by the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and found that of 87,000 recorded female homicide cases last year, 50,000, or 58%, were committed by the victims’ intimate partners or family members. This means six women are killed every hour, or 137 women are killed every day, by people they know.
In the study, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov stated that though the vast majority of homicide victims are men but,
Women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes. They are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family.
Asia ranked with the highest total number of female homicides in 2017, while the highest rates of intimate partner or family murder were found in Africa (3.1 murders per 100,000 women) and the Americas (1.6).
The study was part of a forthcoming global report on homicide data and gender-based hate crimes.
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