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Monash Expert: UN report on global femicide rates

Monash University 2 mins read

A new report released today from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Women has reported more women and girls killed in 2022 even as overall homicide numbers fall.

This report comes as six women have been killed in Australia in the last seven days, five allegedly by male violence.


Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon can speak about this new report and the urgent crisis of violence against women and girls, both in Australia and globally.


Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre

Contact: +61 412 339 243 or  

Read more of Professor Fitz-Gibbon's work at Monash Lens


The following is attributable to Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon:


“The impact of violence against women and girls globally is incomprehensible. The number of women and girls killed intentionally in 2022 is higher than any year in the past two decades. 


“This report must give cause for urgent action and increased global commitment to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls, including femicide. 


“Femicide is preventable. UNODC and UN Women are calling on the global community to act now to invest in preventing violence at the outset. It is essential that countries worldwide listen to this call for action and move swiftly to secure the safety of women and girls.


“The release of this global report comes at a time when six women have been killed in Australia in the last seven days alone, five allegedly by male violence. This is not a problem occurring only internationally, this is an urgent problem in Australia. 


“Australia has a National Plan which commits to ending gender based violence in one generation. Achieving this requires accelerated commitments and increased investment in evidence-based prevention to improve safety outcomes for women and girls.” 


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