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FEMICIDE


Femicide (if you have never heard of it before) refers to the intentional killing of women or girls because of their gender, often involving domestic violence, intimate partner violence, or other forms of gender based violence.

It's a severe and pervasive issue that reflects deep rooted gender inequalities, discrimination, and patriarchal attitudes prevalent in many societies around the world.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ?

๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ.............

This involves the killing of women by their current or former intimate partners.

It often occurs within the context of domestic violence or abusive relationships, where power and control dynamics contribute to escalated violence and lethal outcomes.

๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ.................

Family related femicides involve the killing of women by family members, such as parents, siblings, or extended family, often motivated by factors such as honour, shame, or perceived violations of family norms and values.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ..................

Sexual femicide refers to the killing of women as a result of sexual violence or as a means to exert control, dominance, or punishment.

It includes crimes such as rape, murder or serial killings targeting women based on their gender.

๐——๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ...............

In some cultures, dowry related femicides occur when women are killed by their families or inlaws for perceived inadequate dowry payments or disputes over dowry agreements.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€?

๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป Femicide is rooted in systemic gender inequalities, discrimination, and harmful gender norms that devalue and subordinate women and girls, perpetuating a culture of male entitlement and female subordination.

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—”๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐˜€...... Patriarchal attitudes that prioritise male authority and control over women's bodies, lives, and choices contribute to the normalisation and acceptance of violence against women as a means of maintaining power and dominance.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€...........

Cultural practices, traditions, and societal norms that condone or tolerate violence against women, such as honour killings or bride burning (yes, this is actually a thing), create a permissive environment for femicides to occur.

๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ Inadequate legal frameworks, weak enforcement of laws, and lack of access to justice and support services for victims of gender based violence contribute to impunity and perpetuate cycles of abuse and violence.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ, ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ?

๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ............

The most devastating consequence of femicide is the loss of life, resulting in profound grief, trauma, and emotional suffering for the victim's loved ones and communities.

๐—ฃ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ Femicide leaves lasting psychological scars on survivors, witnesses, and communities, leading to increased rates of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

Femicide disrupts social cohesion and stability, undermining trust in institutions, eroding community bonds, and perpetuating cycles of violence and fear.

๐—›๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€...........

Femicide constitutes a grave violation of women's and girls' human rights, including their right to life, dignity, and security, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive legal reforms, policy initiatives, and societal interventions to address and prevent femicides.

So, as you can see, femicide is a devastating manifestation of gender based violence that demands urgent attention, action, and accountability from all sectors of society to eradicate this heinous crime, protect women's and girls' rights, and create a world where everyone can live free from violence and fear.

Taken from our online Domestic Violence Distance Learning Course.

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