Most violence against women is perpetrated by current or former husbands or intimate partners. We must ensure the safety of women and girls around the world by eliminating gender-based violence in its many forms, including femicide.
Femicide, the killing of a woman or girl because of her gender, usually by a man, is the most extreme form of gender-based violence not only in South Africa but in the whole wide world. Protecting women against gender-based violence is a human rights issue often overlooked globally.
The laws exist to protect women, but those laws are often not uniformly implemented, and there is often a lack of political will to fully comply with the law and international obligations.
It is of great sorrow to report to you that Agnes Jebet Tirop, the Kenyan female athlete who represented Kenya at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is no more. She was found dead in her house with stab wounds on her abdomen. At the moment no one knows who killed her but the husband is the main suspect. The doleful part is that she was 10 days away from her 26th birthday. She died so young. Whoever took her life will not make it to heaven.
Femicide differs from male homicide in specific ways. For example, most cases of femicide are committed by partners or ex-partners, and involve ongoing abuse in the home, threats or intimidation, violence or situations where women have less power or fewer resources than their partner.
Prevention is the only way to stop violence before it even occurs. It requires political commitment, implementing laws that promote gender equality, investing in women’s organizations, and addressing the multiple forms of discrimination women face daily.
it is clear that we must both end violence and prevent its recurrence. This takes appropriate laws and policies, safe cities, public transportation, better services and the engagement of men and boys in building a new culture that ends all forms of discrimination against women and girls, and leads to the end of femicide.
Change has to happen at many levels, in both the cultural and physical structures of our societies.
May Agnes Jebet Tirop's soul Rest In eternal Peace.
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