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News

Selected from word-wide (social) media sources, mostly reporting on cases

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Landmark Documents

Key documents issued by major players: UNODC, UN OHCHR / SRVAW, UN Women, OSCE, EU, etc.

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Jurisprudence

Investigation, prosecution, punishment

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Research, Analysis, Reports

From academia, civil society, and the media

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Definitions of Femicide

Information on how to define femicide and the various types / categories that have been theorized and applied

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Data Collection

Guidelines and recommendations how to best collect data

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Policies and Guidelines

Selected action taken by member states, regional organizations, the UN, etc.

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Official Data and Statistics

From authoritative sources, such as UNODC, national statistical bodies or civil society observatories

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Events

Conferences, workshops, and other kinds of events that concern with the issue of femicide

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Definitions of Femicide

Femicide: The Politics of Woman Killing | Jill Radford and Diana H. Russell 1992

This ground-breaking and comprehensive book by Russell and Radford addresses what femicide means and the impacts of the patriarchal culture in the violent murdering of women.
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Nov 20, 1992
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Definitions of Femicide

Femicide: Understanding and Addressing Violence against Women | World Health Organization 2012

This information sheet by the WHO focuses on the narrower definition commonly used in policies, laws and research: intentional murder of women.
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Nov 20, 2012
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Definitions of Femicide

Feminicidio Sexual Serial en Ciudad Juárez: 1993-2001 | Julia Monárrez Fragoso

This research paper provides a theoretical analysis from a feminist perspective on the concept of "feminicidio" in the context of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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Apr 25, 2002
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Mexico

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Jurisprudence

Landmark Case for Victims of Femicide in Guatemala | Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 2015

The IACHR issued a landmark ruling in a case against the government of Guatemala for the disappearance and murder of 19-year old Claudina Isabel Velásquez Paiz on August 13, 2005.
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Dec 22, 2015
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Official Data and Statistics

International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) | 2015

The International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) provides a comprehensive framework for producing statistics on crime and criminal justice.
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Mar 1, 2015
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Austria
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Measuring violence against women and other gender issues through ICCS lenses, ICCS Briefing Note | 2017

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Jurisprudence

Gonzalez, Monreal and Monarrez ("Cotton Field") v. Mexico | Tackling Violence against Women

In 2009 the IACHR recognised that the disappearances and murders of three women in Mexico were gender-based and perpetrated in the known context of violence against women in Ciudad Juarez. Hence, it prosecuted the Mexican nation-state for such crimes.
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Nov 9, 2017
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Mexico

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The Spotlight Initiative | EU and UN

Web stream of conference on EU and UN embarking on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) - the Spotlight Initiative.
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Oct 6, 2017
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Official Data and Statistics

Finnish Homicide Monitor (FHM) 2002-2019 | EIGE

The aim of the FHM is to monitor the homicide phenomenon, to create a database for in-depth research, and to serve crime prevention and prevention-targeting purposes.
publication date: 
Sep 27, 2017
countries: 
Finland

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Research, Analysis, Reports

Russian Faux Family Values: Domestic Violence Decriminalized in Russia | Free Russia Foundation

Major setback to the women’s NGOs, feminists, and female activists who have been lobbying for a domestic violence legislation.
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Sep 5, 2017
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Russia
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In El Salvador, ‘Girls Are a Problem’ | The New York Times

In 2016 alone, 524 women were killed in El Salvador. Opinion piece looks at victims and survivors, role of society.
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Sep 2, 2017
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El Salvador
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Research, Analysis, Reports

Gender-Based Violence and Justice in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas

This article aims to provide a brief overview of GBV in conflict and post-conflict settings, with a particular focus on recent international standard-setting developments and the continuing challenges of impunity and inadequate services for GBV victims.
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Jul 24, 2011
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Definitions of Femicide

Feminicidio

This document aims to contribute to the clarification of the concept of femicide in Latin America, considering the processes of criminal classification in which it is currently operating and from an International Law of Human Rights perspective.
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Jul 11, 2009
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countries: 
Mexico
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Turkey's Deepening Tragedy of Murdered Women | Mail&Guardian

In the first five months of 2017, 173 women were killed across Turkey compared with 137 in the same period of 2016.
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Jul 12, 2017
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Turkey
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Research, Analysis, Reports

Cases of Femicides in Mexico since 2016: Interactive Maps

Independent civic initiative based on open data which, using geographical coordinates, has mapped 2,355 cases of femicide in Mexico since 2016.
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Jul 24, 2017
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Mexico
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Events

Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference October 18-19, 2017

Hosted by Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations
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Jul 17, 2017
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Canada
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Research, Analysis, Reports

Femicide of Women Who Are Older

Between 1974 and 2012 1 in 5 women murdered in Ontario was 55 years or older: 67% of older femicide victims were retired. This finding demonstrates the substantial number of older women in Ontario who were killed.
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Mar 22, 2017
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Canada
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Research, Analysis, Reports

Punishing Femicide: Criminal Justice Responses to the Killing of Women over Four Decades

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Research, Analysis, Reports

Femicide of Older Women

There is a lack of consensus on what age group constitutes “older people”, including older women.
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Jan 4, 2017
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Canada
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Policies and Guidelines

2016 Reader: Combating violence against women in the OSCE region | OSCE

A reader on the situation in the region, good practices and the way forward
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Nov 1, 2016
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Landmark Documents

Resolution on Femicide in the European Union and Latin America | EURO-LAT 2014

The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly published in 2014 the "Urgent Resolution on Femicide in the European Union and Latin America" where they recognize that it has not been possible to curb the increase in femicide in Latin America and Europe.
publication date: 
Jul 11, 2017

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Research, Analysis, Reports

Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario | 1974-1994

This research article is about the numbers and trends in femicide in Ontario during the past 20 years.
publication date: 
Sep 10, 1999
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Canada
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Research, Analysis, Reports

National Trends in Intimate Partner Homicides Explaining Declines in Canada | 1976 to 2001

This research article that explains the reasons for the decline in domestic homicide in Canada.
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Jul 9, 2009
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Canada
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Research, Analysis, Reports

Intimate Femicide Followed by Suicide | American Society for Suicidology

This research article examines the role of "Premeditation Suicide" and "Life-Threatening Behavior".
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Feb 9, 2005
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Canada
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