Every 11 minutes, a femicide in the world

A total of 47 thousand women and girls were murdered by their partners or relatives in 2020.

One victim every 11 minutes. That is the “lethal” balance and the complaint made by the UN on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The report “Murders of women and girls by their partner or other family members” highlights that they are the main victims worldwide.

They collect data from 95 countries on homicides committed due to gender issues, between October 2019 and December 2020.

In this sense, the UN recalls that the murder of women within the family represents one of the most extreme manifestations of gender violence and is often the culmination of previous psychological, sexual or physical abuse.

“The situation has not improved in the last decade,” lamented UNODC Director Ghada Waly.

All in all, Europe registers a 13% decrease in homicides of women in the private sphere in the last 10 years, while in America, it increased 9%.

Africa is “where women appear to be most at risk of being killed by their intimate partners or other family members.


Feminist movements, institutions and organizations commemorated yesterday with events and demonstrations around the world the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In London, dozens of women rallied outside Scotland Yard headquarters to “pay tribute” to those who lost their lives this year and to “hold the Metropolitan Police accountable”.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Police fired tear gas to break up a protest in Istanbul by women demanding that the country once again comply with a historic international treaty, which aims to protect them.


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