According to information released by the UN on Thursday, almost 89,000 women and girls died worldwide in 2022.
According to the UN, this year’s total is the greatest in the previous 20 years.
The UNODC Executive Director, Ghada Waly, said in a statement that “the alarming number of femicides is a stark reminder that humanity is still grappling with deep-rooted inequalities and violence against women and girls.”
“Every life lost is a cry for help, an appeal to improve criminal justice responses and to address structural inequalities urgently so that no woman or girl has to fear for her life because of her gender.”
Approximately 55% of these homicides, according to Waly, were carried out by partners or family members, as opposed to only 12% of homicide victims who were men.
He said that Asia and Africa had the greatest rates of female homicides, with an estimated 20,000 killings of women and girls each.