Conceptualizing Femicide as a Human Rights Violation

State Responsibility Under International Law

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Angela Hefti questions the conventional definition of femicide by broadening it to include components of victim-blame, sexual abuse, forced marriage, and postponed investigations by authorities in addition to the death of women because of their gender. Feminism is discussed in chapters in relation to regional and universal human rights frameworks for Africa, the Inter-American System, and Europe. The multifaceted and global nature of femicide is fundamentally understood through case studies from Iraq, Nigeria, and Mexico. The book integrates fundamental feminist legal theory and ideas on the subordination of women and girls in society, spanning various significant academic disputes, and makes the case that femicide should be recognized as an autonomous human rights violation.

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Angela Hefti

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