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Ending deadly violence against women in Asia and the Pacific requires thorough data collection for prevention measures

Sarah Nibbs, UN Women Acting Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific. Photo: UN Women/Pairach Homtong

Violence against women and girls remains the most prevalent human rights violation in the world. An estimated 81,100 women and girls will be intentionally murdered worldwide in 2021, according to new research by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Organization for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is shown.with title Gender-related murder of women and girls (female murder/female murder) shows that around 45,000 women and girls were murdered by intimate partners or other family members worldwide last year. This means that on average, 5 or more women or girls are killed every hour by someone in their own family. Asia Pacific will have the highest number of female murders linked to her intimate partner or family with 18,100 (17,800 in Asia and 300 in Oceania) in 2021.

The report is a startling reminder that progress to end violence against women over the past decade has been uneven and needs to accelerate dramatically. We must prevent and respond to this scourge with much stronger and more focused action. While these numbers are surprisingly high, the actual scale of the carnage is expected to be much higher. Too many homicide victims are still uncounted – given that definitions and criteria vary across countries, about four in ten women and girls who will be intentionally killed in 2021, especially In the case of murder, there is not enough information to identify the woman and girl. outside of home.

Strengthening data collection on femicide is an important step to inform policies and programs aimed at preventing and ending violence against women and girls. The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Girls has launched a “Femicide Watch” and gender-related I’m looking for an observatory on murder. Collected data should be analyzed from a human rights perspective to identify shortcomings in national laws and policies, including non-implementation, and take preventive measures. Although more and more countries are embracing the initiative, only a handful of countries in the region have specifically responded to the call.

Gender-related murder of women and girls (female murder/female murder)*

Publication: gender-related killing of women and girls (femicide/feminicide)[Download here] Report under Embargo by November 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET

Gender-related killings and other forms of violence against women and girls are not inevitable. We can and must prevent them by using the tools within our reach to investigate, document and study femicides. There is an urgent need for investment and attention to evidence on femicides.

Earlier this year, UNODC and UN Women released a statistical framework on gender-related killings of women and girls (also known as “femicide/feminicide”). This resource aims to help countries identify and count different types of killings of women and girls, intervene earlier and more effectively, and prevent violence against women.

We recognize and appreciate the continuous efforts of civil society organizations that play a key role in preventing violence against women and girls and in advocating and ensuring policy change. Join her for 16 days against gender-based violence, an international campaign that begins on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and continues through December 10th, Human Rights Day. From amplifying the voices of survivors and activists, to building evidence and supporting the feminist movement, we all need to empower survivors and take action to prevent and reduce violence against women and girls. can.

media inquiries:

Montira Narcvicen
Regional Communications Specialist, UN Women | [at] unwomen.org

Ashley Chia
Regional Communications Advisor, UN Women | Ashley Chia [at] unwomen.org

About UN Women

UN Women is a United Nations agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion of women and girls, UN Women was founded to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women around the world. UN Women champions the human rights of women and provides programs, policies and standards that enable all women and girls to reach their full potential.

About 16 days of action against gender-based violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that began on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through December 10, Human Rights Day.you can find more information here.

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