Women hold placards with the names of all women who were killed by their partners this year in Spain. Photo: Jesus Merida/SOPA Images, LightRocket via Getty Images
Of the 87,000 gender-related homicides of women and girls around the world in 2017, more than half of the victims were killed by intimate partners or family members, according to a new UN report.
Why it matters: Women are much more likely to be killed by someone they know. In terms of raw numbers, men are more likely to die from homicide — making up 80% of the total number of victims in 2017 — but are much more likely to be killed by strangers. The trend illustrates how "women continue to bear the heaviest burden of lethal victimization as a result of gender stereotypes and inequality," according to the report.