Approximately six women are killed by a family member every hour, making home the “most dangerous place” for women and girls.
According to a recent UN report, more than half of the 87,000 women killed worldwide in 2017 died at the hands of someone close to them. 30,000 of the women were killed by an intimate partner and another 20,000 by a relative.
The UN says women are disproportionately affected by domestic violence because of gender stereotypes and inequality around the world.
Some of these deaths are often linked to continued practices like dowry and honor killing. In India, dowry deaths account for up to half of all female homicides. And in Afghanistan, 243 cases of honor killings were recorded between April 2011 and August 2013.
Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have adopted laws to put a stop to high levels of femicide in the region. But women globally still lack access to support services that allow them to be safe from dangerous situations.
The UN report also concludes that men should be involved in efforts to end gender-based violence. It also suggests early education for boys and girls to dismantle gender norms and promote gender equality.