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UN Decries Rising Violence Against Palestinian Women

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UN Decries Rising Violence Against Palestinian Women (Ma’an News)
(dailyalert.org, May 20, 2014)

The UN organization for women on Friday decried rising rates of violence against women in the Palestinian territories after a woman was slain this week, raising the year’s total so far to 14.

    The “worrying increase in the rate of femicide, from 13 in 2012 to 28 in 2013, demonstrates a widespread sense of impunity in killing women.” Femicide refers to violence usually perpetrated by partners or relatives of a woman.

    A 2012 survey by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said that 37% of Palestinian women were subject to violence at the hands of their husbands, with the highest rate in Gaza at 58%. 

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