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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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What do we mean by 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 + 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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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

Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference, October 18-19, 2017
London ON Convention Centre, 300 York Street, London, ON
Co-Directors: Dr. Myrna Dawson and Dr. Peter Jaffe

A conference for policy makers, mental health, justice and social service professionals involved in the prevention, assessment, management, and safety planning for domestic violence and domestic homicide, particularly those working with Indigenous, rural, remote, northern, immigrant and refugee populations, and children exposed to domestic violence.

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Femicide of Women Who Are Older

1 in 5 women murdered in Ontario from 1974 to 2012 was 55 years or older. 67% of older femicide victims were retired.
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Mar 22, 2017
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This finding demonstrates the substantial number of older women in Ontario who were killed. While the killing of one woman is unacceptable, this statistic reminds us that gender-based violence exists across the life course and that intervention and prevention efforts must target all age groups, including women who are older. Moreover, the “baby boomers” are moving into this demographic and the number of women 55 years and older will represent a larger portion of the population in Ontario.

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Punishing femicide: Criminal justice responses to the killing of women over four decades

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Mar 9, 2016
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The way in which nation states respond to femicide has become the focus of much attention in the past decade. The establishment of specialized police and prosecution units has been recommended and some countries have implemented specific legislation or criminal offences specific to femicide. Part of the challenge in moving beyond these legislative and policy initiatives is the dearth of reliable data that show how states are

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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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In Canada, there is no set age at which a person is considered to be a senior; age thresholds may vary depending on a number of factors and range from 55 to 65 years old as a minimum requirement. Despite disagreement in defining seniority, Statistics Canada acknowledges that seniors 65 years and older represent a burgeoning proportion of Canada’s population, comprising 16% of the total population in 2011.i This percentage will continue to rise with the aging population of ‘baby boomers’, resulting in increased concerns about their social, physical, and mental vulnerability.

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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

Based on the outcomes of a Conference on Combating Violence Against Women in the OSCE region on 22 July 2016 and additional desk research.
Foreword: The continued prevalence of gender-based violence damages the lives of women across the globe every day. Taking many forms, from sexual to economic and psychological, it cuts across all geographical, cultural and class boundaries. It is a pernicious violation of human rights that

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EURO-LAT 2014 resolution on femicide in the European Union and Latin America

2014 Resolution on Femicide in the European Union and Latin America
publication date: 
Jul 11, 2017

tabled by Gloria Flórez (Parlandino) and Raül Romeva i Rueda (European Parliament)
with the support of the European Parliament delegation to the Euro-Latin American Assembly (Article 8(3) of the Rules of Procedure)
Saturday, 29 March 2014, Athens

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Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario, 1974-1994

Research article about numbers and trends in femicide in Ontario during the past 20 years
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Sep 10, 1999

This paper reviews major findings from our research on women killed by their intimate partners in Ontario. Between 1974 and 1994, killings by intimate partners accounted for between 63% and 76% of all women killed in Ontario. We document trends in intimate femicide, characteristics of victims and offenders, circumstances of the killings, and criminal justice responses to offenders. We also discuss the gender-specific nature of intimate femicides and identify ways in which intimate partner killings by males and females are distinctly different.

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

Research article that explains the reasons for the decline in domestic homicide in Canada
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Jul 9, 2009

In the past decade, research has begun to identify factors that may be contributing to declines in spousal homicide. The authors address two gaps in the Canadian literature: (a) the documentation of trends, including subgroup variations, and (b) the identification of factors that may be associated with declines. Using Statistics Canada data, the authors assess the association of declines with various factors.

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Intimate Femicide Followed by Suicide | American Society for Suicidology

Research article that examines the Role of Premeditation Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
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Feb 9, 2005
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2005 The American Association for Suicidology, Issue online: 6 January 2011. People who kill others rarely kill themselves afterwards. When they do, they are more likely to have killed someone with whom they were intimate. Two broad types of suicidal killers have been identified in research that presumes varying degrees of premeditation. Using data on over 700 intimate femicides, the role of premeditation in cases of intimate femicide-suicide compared to killings that do not culminate in a suicide was examined.

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The Cost of 'Lost' Intimacy | British Journal of Criminology

Research Article about The Effect of Relationship State on Criminal Justice Decision Making
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Oct 9, 2003

The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 43, No. 4 (AUTUMN 2003), pp. 689-709. Socio-legal and feminist theorists argue that law varies inversely with relational distance. Several theoretical perspectives predict that defendants who victimize intimate partners from whom they are estranged will be punished more severely than defendants who victimize current partners. The article examines whether 'separation' killings draw harsher sanctions than 'intact' killings.

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Article: Differences in the characteristics of intimate partner femicides

Research Article about The Role of Relationship State and Relationship Status
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Jul 9, 1998

Homicide Studies by Sage Publications: Volume: 2 issue: 4, page(s): 378-399. The article analyses the relationship between victims and offenders, which is critical to understanding the context and dynamics of homicide. It is recognized in the article that the causes and correlated of homicides within intimate relationships differ from the causes and correlates of homicides by strangers. This piece of research points out that the characteristics of people involved in intimate femicides as well as the circumstances surrounding the killing do differ according to the type of relationship.

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1990-2015: 25 Year's of Femicide in Ontario | OAITH

Report focuses specifically on the number of women and children murdered as a result of Intimate Partner Violence in Ontario.
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Jul 4, 2017

Through a partnership between OAITH and University of Guelph Sociology Students, 25 Years of Femicide has been reviewed.

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Chiffres clés - Les morts violentes au sein du couple 2015 | Study by French Government

Chaque année, la Délégation aux victimes du ministère de l’intérieur réalise une étude pour quantifier et décrire les homicides entre au sein du couple ou entre ex-compagnons perpétrés en France métropolitaine et d’Outre-Mer.
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Jun 30, 2017
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France

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Situation Report on VAW 2017 in France | EuroMed Rights

EuroMed Rights has analysed and compared the legal and political frameworks of different countries of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East concerning the fight against gender-based violence and the protection offered to victims.
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Mar 1, 2017
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Despite different approaches and achievements, these countries – Cyprus, Egypt, France, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey – show alarming common trends.

In France, in 2015 alone, 115 women were killed by their spouse or former spouse in France, while 7 women were killed by their unofficial partner (lovers, boyfriends, episodic relationships etc.).

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Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence | UNODC, UNFPA, UN Women, UNDP, WHO

provides concrete guidance for health, social, police and justice services, as well as to overall governance and coordination, based on internationally agreed standards.
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Jun 30, 2017
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This package is being piloted in ten low- to middle-income countries in Asia-Pacific and other regions. It represents a key tool for countries seeking to meet their international commitments to tackle violence against women and girls, including under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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VAW: an EU-wide survey 2014. Main results report | EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

This FRA survey is the first of its kind on violence against women across the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU). It is based on interviews with 42,000 women across the EU.
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Mar 1, 2014

The women were asked about their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological violence, including incidents of intimate partner violence (‘domestic violence’). The survey also included questions on stalking, sexual harassment, and the role played by new technologies in women’s experiences of abuse. In addition, it asked about their experiences of violence in childhood.

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UN Trust Fund End VAW 2016 Annual Report | UN Women

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women’s (UN Trust Fund) 2016 Annual Report includes progress and milestones from the past year. In 2016, UN Trust Fund grantees reached 6 million people with their programmes.
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Jan 1, 2017

Last year, the UN Trust Fund celebrated its 20th Anniversary. During those years, the UN Trust Fund has supported 462 initiatives in 139 countries and territories with grants totaling US$129 million. The amount awarded in grants has risen from US$1 million in 1997 to US$13 million in 2016.

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Assessment of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

in-depth evaluation of the 16 Days Campaign with a focus on its initial motivation of awareness raising and its evolution over the last 25 years. Taking a critical look at the Campaign, the evaluation provides recommendations for growth and a move from aw
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Jun 29, 2017

Read an in-depth evaluation of the 16 Days Campaign with a focus on its initial motivation of awareness raising and its evolution over the last 25 years. Taking a critical look at the Campaign, the evaluation provides recommendations for growth and a move from awareness to eradication of gender-based violence. "A Life of It's Own: An Assessment of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign"

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VIII Conference on Feminicide / Femicide: Two Years of EU-CELAC Bi-Regional Dialogue on Gender Issues: What are the Improvements?

VIII Conference on Feminicide / Femicide: Two Years of EU-CELAC Bi-Regional Dialogue on Gender Issues: What are the Improvements?
Successes and shortcomings and elaborated concrete recommendations for the EU-CELAC Summit.
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Mar 1, 2016

The 8th Conference on Feminicide/Femicide: The Duty of Due Diligence to Eradicate Feminicide, which took place shortly before the Summit of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC Summit), examined the different aspects of the concept of due diligence and how it is reflected in actions taken by states in regards to issues surrounding violence against women and feminicide.

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2014 Program Report UN Trust Fund VAW: Within Our Reach | UN Women

This publication introduces the work of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, documenting examples of the work of partners, details of funding allocation by region, donors, and project results.
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Jan 1, 2014

The UN Trust Fund supports innovative, pioneering and promising approaches to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. Since its creation by the UN General Assembly in 1996, the UN Trust Fund has supported 368 initiatives in 132 countries and territories. It currently supports 78 initiatives in 71 countries and territories with grants totalling US$56.8 million. The UN Trust Fund’s determined and consistent work has allowed it to build up a body of knowledge about the kind of solutions that will have real impact and the contexts in which they will be most effective.

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The Media and Gender-Based Murders of Women: Notes on the Cases in Europe and Latin America

This article analyses the connections between gender-based murders of women and the media coverage of these murders, particularly in Europe and Latin America.
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Jul 24, 2014

Violence against women, especially its most severe form, femicide/feminicide, is caused by many factors, such as social constructs and the symbolic violence of what it means to be a man or a women in different societies. In contemporary societies, mass media plays a fundamental role in these constructs due both to the content, language and narrative used, and to audience consumption.

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VAW in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Population-Based Data from 12 Countries | PAHO WHO

This report, produced by the Pan American Health Organization, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, highlights that intimate partner and sexual violence against women is widespread in all Latin American and the Caribbean countri
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Mar 14, 2012

The report is available in English and Spanish. It presents a comparative analysis of data from 13 nationally representative surveys from the region. The 122 tables and graphs present illustrate what is known about the prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and attitudes towards violence against women in these countries—including violence by intimate partners and sexual violence by any perpetrator.

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Femicide in Armenia: A Silent Epidemic

Published by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, this report records the death of women killed by intimate partners and family members and sheds light on the manifestations of gender-related killings and acts of violence that are uniquely experi
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May 7, 2016
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We choose to use the term femicide in this report as opposed to the more gender-neutral term homicide, which overlooks the unique systems of inequality and oppression that women face. Domestic homicides in Armenia are largely carried out by men, and in the rare instances that they are carried out by women against male intimate partners, it is often in self defense. Thus, the gendered context and impact of domestic abuse warrants its own unique category.

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CEDAW Alternative Report – ITALY Article 2 and article 5

Shadow Report on the implementation of the CEDAW Convention
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Jun 8, 2017
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The Italian Network for Women’s Rights (from now on “INWR”) is a new group of NGOs. It includes some of the associations leading the Italian platform “30 Years CEDAW: Work in Progress” and coordinateding the 2011 Shadow Report with reference to the Sixth Periodic Report on the implementation of the CEDAW Convention submitted by the Italian Government in 2009 (from now on “the Sixth Report”).

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