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The intentional killing of women and girls globally is driven by the prevalent cultures of misogyny, machismo, patriarchy, toxic and violent masculinity, male entitlement, the misuse of religious texts, rigid traditional and cultural stereotypes of gender, and the miscued construction of honor. Despite linguistic, contextual and legal variations and limitations, a recurring theme across distinct types of femicides is the “misogynistic” and “anti—feminine” intent that precede the homicides and violent killings of women.
The deaths of those by intimate partners do not usually result from random or spontaneous acts, but rather a culmination of prior gender—related violence. – UNODC, 20192
We invite you to join us in our prayer this morning, for the first week of advent.
The COVID—19 pandemic and its additional consequences, such as lockdowns, restricted mobility, and isolation from regular support systems, have contributed to increased gender—based violence (GBV) against women globally, as seen in the spike of domestic violence and femicide. A surge in femicides has been observed in countries such as Spain, Mexico, United States, Namibia, Turkey, and in other parts of the world.