More than 100 women have been murdered in Italy since the start of the year, nearly half of them by their intimate partners or ex-partners, Italian police said.
Released Friday on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the report lists the names and details of the deaths of the 95 women killed between the start of the year and November 7 .
Among them are Carol, 27, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend who hit her with a hammer then threw her dismembered body off a cliff, Elisabetta, 40, who died after being ‘stabbed dozens times” by her husband and Silvana, 74, whose husband beat her to death with a stick.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Friday her government was committed to tackling gender-based violence and the “terrible scourge of femicide”.
“We owe it to the many victims,” she said in a statement posted on her official Facebook page.
In Italy, 31.5% of women have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence and 5.4% have been victims of serious forms of sexual violence such as rape, according to the Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).
The Italian statistics come after the world witnessed a domestic violence crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic. Job losses, government inaction, court backlogs and many other factors have contributed to what the United Nations has called a “phantom pandemic of violence against women and girls”.
According to a UN report, 45,000 women worldwide were killed by their partners or other family members last year. This means that more than five women or girls were killed every hour by a member of their own family.
Across Europe, cases of violence against women have sparked outrage in recent years.
In Greece, where 17 women were killed in 2021 according to public broadcaster ERT, the government has been criticized for rejecting an opposition amendment that would have established institutional recognition of the term femicide.
In November 2021, after a 48-year-old woman was stabbed 23 times by her husband in Thessaloniki, opposition leader Alexis Tsipras posted on Facebook: base.
In the UK, following the abduction and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in March 2021 by an on-duty police officer, and a brutal police crackdown on a vigil in her memory, activists have criticized what they call a culture of misogyny within the police.
On January 1 this year, three women were killed in France, each allegedly by a partner or ex-partner, in what feminist activists have described as an “unbearable” start to another year of violence. In 2021, 113 women were murdered in France by their current or former partners, according to the French advocacy group Féminicides by companions or ex.
The number of women killed in gender-based violence in Spain in 2021 reached 48, according to official data from the Spanish government.