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Male violence against women kills more than COVID-19

A Pandemic Taboo

Luiza Oliveira
Mar 8 · 5 min read
Photo by Camila Quintero Franco on Unsplash


  • In China, 3 073 deaths, from the 80 813 confirmed cases.
  • Outside of China, 491 (413+78) deaths, from the 24 743 (21 110+3633 new) confirmed cases.
  • In total (in and outside China) = 3 564 deaths since December 31, 2019, that means 97 days until now. Giving an average of 37 deaths per day.

Male Violence Against Women:

  • 87 000 women were intentionally killed in 2017 around the world.
  • Giving an average of 238 deaths per day in that year, and as they mentioned in the UNODC document, these numbers are underestimated and since 2012, they have been rising(3).
Image from: UNODC, Global Study on Homicide 2019 (Vienna, July 2019). Booklet 5

Wash your hands, and be aware of Patriarchy.

>> Some ideas of how to deal with Patriarchy, go here.<<


  1. Dipartimento della Protezione Civille-Ministero della Salute (2020, March 7). Coronavirus: la situazione atualle.
  2. Associated Press (2020, February 23).Coronavirus: northern Italian towns close schools and businesses.
  3. UNODC, Global Study on Homicide 2019 (Vienna, July 2019). Booklet 5
  4. WHO (2012). Understanding and addressing violence against women . PDF here.
  5. WHO (2018, November 25). International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
  6. WHO (2012) Understanding and addressing violence against women.
  7. Campbell JC. Health consequences of intimate partner violence. Lancet, 2002, 359(9314):1331–36. (PDF here)
  8. WHO(2020, March 7)Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report — 47.
  9. Porta M, editor. A dictionary of epidemiology, 6th edition. New York: Oxford University Press; 2014.


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