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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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”).