Day 2: Female Infanticide
November 26, 2016
Day 4: Rape
November 28, 2016

Day 3: Femicide

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), to 10 December (Human Rights Day) a 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign allows people to capture the challenges women face through active campaigning and events.

In support of the campaign, the African Democratic Institute (ADI) will run a photo series of everyday women depicting various forms of sexual and gender-based violence inflicted against women and children, in order to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on methods of combating them.

Femicide and/or gender-related killings are defined as: the killing of a woman because she is a woman, or the killing of a girl because she is a girl”. Latin America is the region with the most female murders on earth, a phenomenon partly due to organized crime activities such as general violence levels, domestic abuse, human trafficking, and gang violence

Fast facts: statistics on violence against women and girls

Between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the available country data. Most of this violence takes place within intimate relationships, with many women (ranging from 9 to 70 percent) reporting their husbands or partners as the perpetrator. Across the 28 States of the European Union, a little over one in five women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014).

  • In Guatemala, two women are murdered, on average, each day.
  • In India, 8,093 cases of dowry-related death were reported in 2007; an unknown number of murders of women and young girls were falsely labeled ‘suicides’ or ‘accidents’.
  • In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their intimate partners.
  • In the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, 66 percent of murders of women were committed by husbands, boyfriends or other family members.South Africa has a high murder rate, with 31.8 intentional homicides per 100,000 people as of 2010, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It can be difficult to compare crime rates across international boundaries because of varying legal definitions, but the United Nations lists the United States’ 2010 intentional-homicide rate at 4.2 per 100,000 people. (The Federal Bureau of Investigation puts the murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate for the United States at 4.8 per 100,000 people in 2010 and 4.7 per 100,000 people in 2011.) Overall homicide dropped 44 percent in South Africa between 2004 and 2010, and the new study found a parallel decline in femicide, or the murder of women. In 1999, 24.7 women per 100,000 people were murdered in South Africa. In 2009, that number dropped to 12.9 per 100,000.