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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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The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) launched a new global Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls on 20 September 2017 at the margin of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. The initiative is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a particular focus on women's rights and empowerment.

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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

For the past few years El Salvador has been listed among the world’s deadliest countries for women, and ranks first in Latin America.

-- I don’t want to go back to El Salvador. I felt afraid as a woman there more than in any other country in Latin America. I realized I had entered hostile territory while chatting with the taxi driver who picked me up at the airport, the first Salvadoran man I met. He told me he had a baby, a little darling called J. J., and showed me a photo. When I asked him if he’d like more children, he said yes, but only boys.

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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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As she did most afternoons, Pinar Unluer was waiting to collect her six-year-old son from his school in Turkey’s Aegean city of Izmir. She was then shot dead in broad daylight only metres away from the school, by a man whose marriage proposal she had rejected. The 29-year-old was among 210 Turkish women killed or forced to commit suicide in 2012 in misogynist attacks by men, according to the women’s rights group We Will Stop Femicide. Since then there has been a chilling increase in the number of women killed, often at the hands of men they know.

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Femicide the rallying cry for families of girls killed in Guatemalan orphanage fire | Rossalyn Warren | The Guardian

Lawyers claim the disaster that killed 41 girls at the San José Pinula children’s shelter reflects wider state failings on the protection of women in Guatemala
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May 4, 2017
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Outside Palacio Verde, in the centre of Guatemala City, a woman stands on a pile of ash and scattered flower petals. Near her feet is a circle of wooden crosses, each marked with the name of a girl killed last month in a fire at Virgen de la Asunción, an orphanage in San José Pinula. Three people have since been arrested in connection with the fire, which killed 41 girls between the ages of 14 and 17. The girls were among those locked in a room as punishment for a recent escape attempt.

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Murdered for being women: Spain tackles femicide rates | News24

Recent figures of gender-related murders in Spain: worst year since 2008
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Apr 5, 2017
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Madrid - Hours before Ana Gomez was murdered by her husband, she had been sent home by the local women's shelter in Lugo, Galicia.

She was told by workers there to ask for a divorce, but when she confronted 29-year-old Jose Manual Carballo on February 11, 2016, he refused to let her leave.

He took a shotgun and killed her, later turning himself in to the authorities.

Gomez's two children from a previous relationship, a 16- and 17-year-old, were present at the time of the murder - the youngest was wounded by a bullet that went through Gomez.

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Datos Estadísticos del Poder Judicial sobre: Femicidios 2015

Supreme Court of Justice in Argentine develops national registry of femcide cases in 2015
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Jan 1, 2015

Introducción -- Desde el año 2015, la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación asume la labor de elaborar un Registro Nacional de Femicidios de la Justicia Argentina. A tal efecto, la Vicepresidenta, Dra Elena Highton de Nolasco, en su calidad de Ministra a cargo de la Oficina de la Mujer y de la Oficina de Violencia Doméstica requirió la colaboración de todas las jurisdicciones del país. El concepto de femicidio permite visibilizar las muertes violentas de mujeres por razones de género y, de esta manera, alcanzar una comprensión más acabada del fenómeno y sus causas.

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Public Defender’s Office to Monitor Cases of Femicide in Georgia

On April 13, 2017, the Public Defender of Georgia held a press conference together with Erica Kvapilova, Representative of UN Women in Georgia, and spoke about the violence against women, the worrying scale of gender-related killing of women and the neces
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Apr 13, 2017

According to the Public Defender, 21 cases of femicide were reported in 2016. A few days ago, a man stabbed his wife, who died of 8 wounds in her breast, and this was not the first case of femicide in 2017.

It should be noted that despite the seriousness of the problem, the state has not developed an approach for the prevention of similar cases, evaluation of risks and prevention of recurrence of violence. The situation is further complicated by the lack of statistical data on the cases of femicide, relevant analysis and preventive steps based on the analysis.

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Outrage shakes Argentina after murder of Anti-Femicide activist

Feminist mobilisation on April the 8th - thousands gathered to protest the femicide of Micaela Garcia, who herself was an activist against sexist violence.
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Apr 8, 2017
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“Ni una menos!” (“Not one less!”) -- “Vivas nos queremos!” (“We want ourselves alive!”) -- “Estado responsable!” (“The state is responsible!”)

These were some of the chants heard in the town of Moreno, Buenos Aires, where thousands gathered Saturday (8/4) to protest the femicide of Micaela Garcia, who herself was an activist against sexist violence.

The 21-year-old Argentine had been missing for a week after she had attended a nightclub in nearby Gualeguay. Her naked body was found Saturday morning in a rural area with signs of having been strangled.

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The Year The Murder Of Women Reached A Tipping Point - BuzzFeed News

Jasmine Wright in the U.S., Chiara Páez in Argentina, Ozgecan Aslan in Turkey – will the gender-based killings in 2015 lead to any change in years to come?
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Dec 22, 2017

“One day someone is going to hug you so tight that all of your broken pieces stick back together,” James Harris wrote on Jasmine Wright’s Facebook wall. Later, he posted a picture of a dozen roses with the words: “All in for you.”

To someone looking at her Facebook page, it would be easy to assume Harris was dating Jasmine. But they were not in a relationship. In fact, Jasmine did not know him. All she knew about him was that he worked as a maintenance man in her apartment block.

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20 femicides in Panama reflect Global trend - 2014

PANAMA has recorded 20 violent deaths off women in 2014, part of a global phenomenon according to the UN.
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Sep 16, 2014
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The first edition of a UN document that seeks to support those responsible for the investigation and criminal prosecution for the violent deaths of women was presented in Panama on Monday, September 15, by Carmen Rosa Villa, the Central America region representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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