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The United Nations emblem in the Secretary-General's conference room

The United Nations emblem in the Secretary-General's conference room

"They are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family", UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said. According to the study, six women around the world are killed by someone they know every hour. Also one of the most unsafe times for a woman in an abusive relationship which can further escalate violence and harm (even risk of being killed), is when she tries to leave and seek justice. The voices of women and children should not be silenced but be treated with respect when they report cases of violence against them.

More than half the women who were murdered worldwide previous year were killed by their partners or family members.

The COE addressed those "misrepresentations" in a new question-and-answer format text, which also highlights the convention's goal to end violence against women and to protect women's human rights.

The study, which was released on Sunday, used homicide data to analyse the intimate partner and family-related homicide killing of women and girls around the world.

U.N. Women gave credit to social justice movements including #MeToo for bringing attention to violence faced by women all over the world and setting the stage for a global campaign.

"We still do not know the true extent of violence against women, as the fear of reprisals, impact of not being believed, and the stigma borne by the survivor-not the perpetrator-have silenced the voices of millions of survivors of violence and masked the true extent of women's continued horrific experiences", Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, stated in her address on this worldwide day. Laws providing paid leave relating to domestic violence also exist in Canada at a provincial level, in Manitoba and Ontario.

The total number of such murders rose slightly between 2012 and 2017 - and the proportion of female homicide victims killed by partners or family rose from less than half in 2012 to almost six in ten previous year, said the report.

In Africa, most female victims of homicide are killed by their intimate partners (former or current spouse or romantic partner) and family members, a damning report by a United Nations agency has revealed.

The most risky place in the world for a woman is not a dingy back-alley, a battlefield, or even their place of work.

"Violence against women is tied to broader issues of power and control in our societies".

In her remarks, Simplis Barrow stated: "I believe it is about time that we wake up to a society where rights are not being violated and where boundaries are not being crossed".

The UNODC report red-flags the lack of legal options before women in several developing nations to seek protection against their domestic abusers.

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