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Violence, Women, and Guns

The State of Female Homicide in the World

Female homicide victims per 100,000 women, 2007–12

Following the call of Ms. Dubravka Šimonović Special Rapporteur on violence against women for the creation of a Femicide Watch, the Small Arms Survey calls attention, on November 25, the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to the lethal and pervasive effects of gender-based violence.

Drawing on previous Small Arms Survey work on femicide and gender based violence more broadly, the 2015 Global Burden of Armed Violence report, based on data for the period 2007-2012, estimates that:

  • More than 60,000 women lose their lives yearly, as a direct consequence of violence.
  • The country where the risk for women was highest was El Salvador with more than 14 women killed per 100,000 female population, closely followed by Honduras and South Africa (see the interactive map).
  • Where rates of lethal violence are relatively low, such as in Europe and Central Asia, the proportion of female victims is disproportionately higher than the global average.
  • Intimate partners account for the majority of perpetrators—more than 60 per cent in some cases – in countries with low and very low rates of female homicide.
  • Femicide and violence against women is protracted, and occurs everywhere, not just in settings already affected by societal violence.
  • There is still a great need for sex disaggregated data, particularly for much of Africa and Asia. 

For more information on our publications on gender-based violence see also:

Unheard and Uncounted: Violence against Women in India, October 2015. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 5

Women and Gun Ownership, September 2014. Research Note No. 45, Armed Actors.

In War and Peace: Violence Against Women and Girls, by Dariusz Dziewanski, Emile LeBrun, and Mihaela Racovita, 2014. In Small Arms Survey, Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns.

Too Close to Home: Guns and Intimate Partner Violence, by Margaret Shaw, 2013. In Small Arms Survey, Small Arms Survey 2013: Everyday Dangers.

'When the Victim is a Woman', by Anna Alvazzi del Frate. In Global Burden of Armed Violence 2011: Lethal Encounters, by the Geneva Declaration Secretariat. Published by Cambridge University Press. October 2011.

Battering, Rape, and Lethal Violence: A Baseline of Information on Physical Threats against Women in Nairobi, by Claire Mc Evoy, December 2012. Working Paper No. 13

Peace without Security: Violence against Women and Girls in Liberia, September 2012. Issue Brief No. 3

Femicide: A Global Problem, February 2012. Research Note No. 14, Armed Violence. 



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