The Center for Women’s Global Leadership, founder and coordinator of the Global 16 Days Campaign to End Gender-Based Violence, has dedicated December 6 to femicide awareness.
This is in honor of women who have been killed by a partner or a family member.
“Globally, of recorded cases of homicide of women last year, 58% were killed by their partners or family. Home is the most dangerous place for a woman or girl,” said Krishanti Dharmaraj, the Executive Director of CWGL.
The Global 16 Days Campaign runs from November 25 (International Day to End Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).
According to the Global Study on Homicide 2019, a total of 87,000 women have been intentionally killed and the number continues to rise.
The study also revealed that Kenya is among the countries with the highest cases of female homicides and abuse against women.
Data from the Open Africa report on “Femicides in Kenya” showed that 84 women were murdered between January and October 2019 by their boyfriends or husbands.
According to the Daily Nation, Nairobi County leads in the body count of murdered women followed by Kiambu and Nakuru.
137 women across the world are killed by a member of their own family every day.
“The responsibility to protect women from violence lies in the hands of governments. Their inaction results in impunity and women pay the price with their lives. With unimaginable threats against women they still continue to rise up and demand justice all around the world’’ said Dharmaraj
To mark December 6, CWGL launched a Twitter campaign dubbed “Her, I Remember” to pay tribute to women, who lost their lives prematurely at the hands of male partners and family members.
The Campaign will run from December 6 (Anniversary of Montreal Massacre) to December 10 (Human Rights Day) this year.
Its aim is to create a wall of remembrance, with digital tributes from across the world, curated under a single hashtag #HerIRemember.
Every year, the Global 16 Days Campaign brings together governments, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector, activists and many others from around the world to raise awareness and call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence.
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