Explanation: What is femicide and how bad is it in the world?
Here’s what you need to know about the term, how different parts of the world stack up against each other, and what can be done to reduce feminicides.
How big is the problem?
There are no global, standardized or consistently recorded data on femicide.
How do the regions of the world compare?
In 2017, the highest recorded number of women were killed in Asia, followed by Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
Is femicide different from homicide in criminal law?
No, in most countries this is not the case.
However, Ivana Milovanović, a Serbian GBV expert, told UN Women, a United Nations organization that advocates for women’s empowerment and gender equality: “Femicide should be recognized as a specific criminal offense.
Does Enshrining Femicide in Law Help Women Get Justice?
Indeed, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was actually committed because the victim was female.
How to reduce feminicides?
Well, first, here’s what goes wrong: telling women what to do or wear, and how to behave in order to avoid being abused.
She added, “These ‘safety rules’ are false assurances that society is giving us to rid ourselves of responsibility for what happens to us at the hands of the insidious misogyny it allows to plague.”
So what does taking responsibility look like? The Small Arms Survey report called collecting data “essential” to prevent gender-based violence. “Data disaggregated by sex, age, ethnicity, victim-perpetrator relationship and motivation for violence, as well as contextual information, such as place, time and instrument of violence, will benefit efforts to diagnose , reduce and prevent violence, including deadly violence, ”wrote its authors.
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