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About 81,000 women and girls were deliberately killed in 2021, with more than five of them killed every hour, according to a report published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the organization's website.

On average, in 2021, more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family. Of all women and girls intentionally killed last year, about 56 percent were killed by intimate partners or other family members (45,000 out of 81,000), indicating that the home is not a safe place for many women and girls, the document says.

UNODC adds that these figures show that the total number of femicides (killing women for their gender identity.) has remained virtually unchanged over the past decade.

While these numbers are alarmingly high, the true extent of femicide may be much higher. Too many victims of femicide remain unaccounted for - given inconsistencies in definitions and criteria between countries, for about four in ten women and girls murdered intentionally in 2021, there is insufficient information to identify them as femicide, especially for those murders that occur in the public sphere, the report elaborates.

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