Problem Representations of Femicide/Feminicide Legislation in Latin America
In this research article, Prof. Myrna Dawson (FWP Senior Advisor) and Michelle Carrigan analyse the representation of femicide/feminicide legislation across Latin American countries. Their approach assesses concepts that are taken for granted within policies and uncover what has been silenced through problem representations.
Femicide/feminicide has become an increasing social concern for local communities, international organizations, and national governments. In 2007, Latin American countries began enacting legislation to prevent and punish femicide/feminicide; however, relatively few researchers have assessed the scope and depth of this legislation. Using Carol Bacchi’s (2009) “what’s the problem represented to be” approach, this study analyzes femicide/feminicide across Latin American countries. The goal of this approach is to assess concepts that are taken for granted within policies and uncover what has been silenced through problem representations. Results provide considerations for future legislative development in Latin America and abroad.