Despite gains over the past century in the area of equal rights, equal pay and, in some regions, not having some assclown with a penis dictate what they do with their bodies, women, on the whole, still hold the short end of a very shitty stick. While men might feel safest and most comfortable inside the walls of their home, a new report from The United Nations has reiterated what far too many woman already know: the place that women call home is more dangerous than anywhere else they might roam.
From The New York Times:
About one in five homicides is carried out by an intimate partner or family member, and women and girls make up the vast majority of those deaths, the report concluded after analyzing the available data.
Of the approximately 87,000 women who were victims of intentional homicide last year around the world, about 34 percent were murdered by an intimate partner and 24 percent by a relative.
The rate of women killed by a partner or relative was highest in countries in Africa, followed by the Americas. The lowest rate was in Europe.
The New York Times points out that the U.N.'s report comes with a few caveats. First, it's worth mentioning that the vast majority of those murdered every year are men. But they're far less likely to be killed by an intimate partner or family member than a woman is. Second, women are just as capable of killing a family member or intimate partner as men are. But researchers found that the motivating factor for most men who murdered in the home tended to be alcoholism, jealousy, raging over a victim's sexual orientation or fear of being abandoned by their partners, while woman most often killed those who share a home with them because they're fed up with having the shit beaten out of them on a routine basis.
Finally, the researchers who sorted out the report admit that there's no good way to verify who committed gender-related murders or what the motivations for a killing in areas where armed conflicts are ongoing.
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