Femicide started as the definition of the killing of one or more women. It is now known as the misogynous killing of women by men. After reading about it in “Ms Magazine”, I wanted to do more research on what it actually is, where it is happening, and what can be done to prevent it.
It turns out that there are three types of femicide, the most common form being intimate femicide. Intimate femicide is the killing of a woman by her partner. There is also racial femicide; when a woman is killed by a man of another race because of her race or culture. The third type of femicide is sexual femicide; when a woman is raped, and usually results in their murder.
Recently femicide has been brought to light with the horrendous deaths of more that 3800 women and girls in Guatemala since 2000. There are organizations trying to stop femicide especially in Guatemala; this includes the CGRS, and Stop Femicide!, just to name a few. It happens all over the world and has been especially seen in South America, Central America, the Middle East, and even in the U.S., though we commonly know of it as domestic violence. Unfortunately, every country handles femicide differently. Here in the US we have laws, but in many other parts in the world do not.
Recently in Mexico, The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District (ALDF) approved reforms. The reforms that were approved include defining and criminalizing the act of femicide. Today, congress is considering the International Violence Against Women Act IVAWA again. This act was introduced in 2007 but it was unfortunately not passed. If passed it would make ending femicide a priority here in America and would also out giving foreign aid at the top of the priority list. Foreign aid would include programs such as promoting women’s economic opportunity, addressing violence against girls in school, and working to change public attitudes.