A recent jury examining murders of women urged the federal government to add the term femicide and its definition to the Criminal Code.
Last week, a young woman died after being set fire on a Toronto bus. Police are investigating it as a hate-motivated act. Why is violence against women not treated more often as a hate crime?
In covering femicide, media have a leading role, not only in awareness and education generally, but in actively shaping the construction of attitudes and beliefs that can help prevention efforts.
Private and public violence rely on each other as forces that work together to ensure women and girls ‘stay in their place’ — the one that patriarchal social structures have prescribed.
The problem of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa is structural and fuelled by inequalities that transect race, class, gender, sexuality and age.
Harsh socio-environmental factors, especially when they happen in the early years of a child’s life, can establish a developmental “biology of misfortune”.
In trying to make sense of the recent mass killing in Georgia, it’s important to see that it was more than just violence against women and anti-Asian hate.
The protests carried on for days and continue to simmer in a country whose social fabric has been torn by toxic masculinity and a violent colonial past.
Reports of rape, domestic abuse and murdered women are way up in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and beyond since the coronavirus. But Latin America has long been one of the most dangerous places to be a woman.
Eradicating sexism in newsrooms will benefit both men and women.
Gender-based violence needs urgent attention in South Africa.
In Mexico City, feminist groups spray-painted the names of Mexico’s murdered women on the pavement of the Zócalo, the capital city’s enormous main square, during the International Women’s Day March.
In urban Namibia, performance poetry provides a safe space for women to share their experiences and challenge traditional ideas.
President Ramaphosa’s emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
Research shows that abuse, violence and poor relationships in families may have dire consequences for society, and specifically children.
Research has a distinctive role to play because it gives pointers on what is needed to create long-term change.
New national data, on campuses and elsewhere, can help shift our shared narratives about the root causes of gender-based violence.
Women in Mexico are lashing out against rampant sexual violence, police abuse and policies that hurt working mothers.
Mexico is the second most dangerous country for women in Latin America. Yet the new government is slashing funding for programs meant to protect and empower women.
Increasing police patrols won’t solve South Africa’s high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.