Update November 24, 2015

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UN rights expert for establishing ‘Femicide Watch’

Sumel Sarker

Dubravka Šimonovi

UN rights expert for establishing ‘Femicide Watch’

24 November 2015, Nirapad News: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonovi?, on Monday urged all states to focus on prevention of gender-related killing of women by establishing a Femicide Watch.

Speaking ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Šimonovi? stressed that states must commit to prevent gender-related killing of women, according to a message received here from Geneva.

“Violence against women is the most atrocious manifestation of the systematic and widespread discrimination and inequality that women and girls around the world continue to face,” said the expert.

Women and their children continue to die as victims of gender-related killing, often in cruel ways, she mentioned.

Šimonovi? said the weaknesses of national prevention systems, lack of proper risk assessment and the scarcity or poor quality of data are major barriers to preventing gender-related killing of women and developing meaningful prevention strategies.

“For that reason, I call all states to establish a ‘Femicide Watch’ or a ‘Gender-Related Killing of Women Watch’ and to publish on each 25 November – International Day on the Elimination of violence against Women – the number of femicides or gender related killing of women per year, disaggregated by age and sex of the perpetrators, as well as the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim or victims,” she said.

Most importantly, Šimonovi? said, each case of gender-related killing should be carefully analysed to identify any failure of protection in view of improving and developing further preventive measures.

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