16 Days of Action: Femicide (Day 2/16)

An average of 137 women across the world are killed by a partner or family member every day, according to new data released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Femicide is a sex-based hate crime term, broadly defined as “the intentional killing of females because they are females”. It is denying women and girls the right to life due to their gender.

More than half of the 87,000 women killed in 2017 were reported as dying at the hands of those closest to them.

Of that figure, approximately 30,000 women were killed by an intimate partner and another 20,000 by a relative.
The Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEO) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said in a recent report that at least 2,795 women were victims of femicide in 2017 in 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Out of every 10 femicides, four had been committed in Brazil, totaling the number of victims at 1,133 in 2017.

“Femicide is the most extreme expression of violence against women,” said ECLAC’s Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena.
“Neither the criminal classification of this offence nor the efforts to make it statistically visible have been enough to eradicate this scourge that alarms and horrifies us on a daily basis.”

Africa was where women ran the greatest risk of being killed by their intimate partner or family member, the UN report says. It occurred at a rate of 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people (BBC).

Asia had the greatest number of women killed by intimate partners or family members in 2017, with a total of 20,000 (BBC).

However, the new UNODC report suggests that a large share of violence against women is “widely underreported to authorities and that a large share of such violence is hidden”.


Today, is the second day of 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women. For the upcoming 14 days Women’s March Global will have posts dedicated to the various forms of violence face by women all over the world and raise awareness to #EndViolenceAgainstWomen.


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Tenzin Kyisarh is the Communications Manager for Women’s March Global.