Violence against women is a serious violation of human rights and a manifestation of the unequal balance of power between women and men. According to the United Nations, a total of 87,000 women were intentionally killed in 2017 and 58% of them were killed by intimate partners or other family members, meaning that every day, 137 women are killed by someone whom they would normally trust and expect to care for them. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic with its accompanying restrictions on mobility, often trapping victims of violence in closed spaces with perpetrators, have led to a worsening of the situation: emerging data and reports have shown an increase in all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, in many countries.
Our panel will discuss the importance of data, statistics and indicators in ending violence against women and monitoring progress towards the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and its target 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. Speakers will also examine existing challenges in this regard as well as good practices at national, European and global level. The discussion during this event will provide input and feed into the work of the UN World Data Forum, to be hosted by Switzerland in October 2021, which will focus, among others, on gender statistics. Learn more about this event: here