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Global Femicide: 50 Million Women Missing

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by Monica Davis

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There is a global war on women, and a large part of it happens in the US, where women are routinely murdered, abused, and tortured by lovers, husbands and stalkers. Killing women, girls and females is profitable for some, a sport for others, and population control for many countries.

Rita Banerji’s presentation at the UN explored the atrocity of 50 million missing women, girls, and babies, who were murdered in the womb, killed in the home, and tortured, raped and killed in war.  The following is link to video of the presentation by The Million Missing Campaign founder, Rita Banerji, at the U.N. Symposium on Femicide, in Vienna on November 26, 2012. readmorehere

In Mexico, more than 42 million people are trafficked through border settlements.  Many of them wind up in international sex trafficing gangs; others are murdered, raped or subjugated. According to the Huffington Post:

Ciudad Juárez is representative of the kinds of settlements that grow out of globalizing political and economic interests. It is estimated that 42 million people a year traffic through Juárez and El Paso. This border city is subject to ecological damage, sexual exploitation, and terrorism by the Juárez Cartel. Mexican journalist, Sergio González Rodríguez notes in his new book The Femicide Machine (MIT Press 2012) that “systematic actions against women bear the signs of a campaign: They smack of turf war, of the land’s rape and subjugation.” Narco-trafficking and the growth of the Juárez Cartel have led to the creation of a second, illicit state that operates beyond the reach of the official government.

In Italy, more than 90 percent of domestic violence victims do not report their abuse to police.

In June, the U.N. released a report on domestic violence in Italy, finding that it is the most prevalent form of violence in the country. This year, 105 women in Italy have been killed by present or former male partners. The citizens of Italy are rightfully calling this a femicide, and are calling for action.

According to an article on NPR, head of the gender crime unit in Rome, Police Inspector Francesca Monaldi, says, “Murders of women take place mostly within the family, and mostly at the hands of former husbands or boyfriends. They also cross class lines and are committed just as often in rich families as in poorer ones.” Unfortunately, the crimes also remain largely unreported; more than 90 percent of victims of domestic violence in the country do not report the crimes to police.More.  

According to MediaGlobal News, femicide is not a sole product of Africa, or even the Third World. The word itself originated in 19th century England. Unfortunately, the atrocity has exploded since the 19th century and is a global problem. 

While we are all too familiar with the term homicide, the word femicide, although less known, is making its way to the developed worlds’ vocabulary. First used in early 19thcentury England to describe the “killing of a female,” it is currently and commonly used in developing countries.

The term defined as “the killing of a woman because she is a woman,” was first introduced to United States by Dr. Diana E.H. Russell in 1976. Femicide identifies any female, young or old, who falls victim to a crime solely based on her gender. Femicide has become an everyday occurrence for women in the Global South, where more often than not, more than just sexual violence is used against them because of what they are, a female.

“This is not a cultural problem, it is not [solely] an African problem or a Congolese problem, this, unfortunately, is everywhere – it traverses history and geography,” Margot Wallström, the Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence in Conflict, tells MediaGlobal.

Sociologist   has been using “femicide” to describe the killings of women by males for more than 30 years. She says the term “homocide” obscures the killing of women by men, specifically because they are women. 

As long ago as 1976, I chose the new term femicide to refer to the killing of females by males because they are female.  I cited numerous examples of these lethal forms of male violence against women and girls in my testimony on femicide at the first International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women that took place in Belgium that year.  I hoped that introducing this new concept would facilitate people’s recognition of the misogynistic motivation of such crimes.

Since then, I have engaged in many different strategies in the hope that one or other of them would inspire feminists in the United States to adopt this term instead of the gender-neutral words murder or homicide.  However, most American feminists, including those who have focused their efforts on combating violence against women, continue to use terms—such as domestic homicides—that obscure the misogynist factor in virtually all these crimes. Femicide: the power of the name

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    • muckracker1

      Spread this far and wide: Americans are too busy pointing fingers @ Third World countries to see the atrocity in their own land, :sad:

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