The most dangerous place for women is the home, according to a new UN study.
Out of an estimated 87,000 women killed last year, around 50,000 ( 58 per cent ) were killed by partners or family members, according to the 2018 report on gender-related killing of women and girls by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Over a third of women intentionally killed in 2017 were killed by a current or former partner, and 137 women are killed by family members daily, it reported.
While most intentional homicide victims are male and killed by total strangers, women are far more likely to die at the hands of someone they know or are related to, they found.
UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said women “continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes” and that gender-based homicide is a “lethal act on a continuum of gender-based discrimination and abuse.”
The study was published on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.