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The household is the “most dangerous place” for women in the modern world due to the high rates of domestic violence, according to a new study by the United Nations published this week.
In statistics published for on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) determined that of the total 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, equivalent to 1.3 victims per 100,000 women. However, around 58 percent were carried out by the victims’ romantic partners or family members.
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“This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know,” the report said.
Although men still represent 80 percent of homicide victims worldwide, UNODC chief Yury Fedotov argued that “women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination, and negative stereotypes.”
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“They are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family… making the home the most dangerous place for a woman,” he continued. “The fact that women continue to be affected by this type of violence to a greater degree than men is indicative of an imbalance in power relations between women and men inside the domestic sphere.”
The continent where women are most at risk is Africa, where women are almost three times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than anywhere else. Africa boasts a female homicide rate of...
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