A Rally will be held in Latin America on June 3rd against Femicidio (the killing of women)
The term feminicide, referring to violence against women, is used in the international news to describe the hundreds of women raped and murdered in Juárez, Mexico, over the past two decades. The phenomenon of the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, called in Spanish feminicidio (“feminicide”) involves the violent deaths of hundreds of women and girls since 1993 in the northern Mexican region of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, a border city across the Rio Grande from the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas.
It is a word that, as social justice activist and political science professor Kathleen Staudt of the University of Texas at El Paso explained, “really jolts people because they hear genocide. It sounds like mass murder.”
Recent debate has generated a discussion on whether concentrating on violence against women detracts from a discussion of the overwhelming violence against men and children in Juárez.
Molly Molloy, a librarian at New Mexico State University who tracks the overall death count in Juárez. She is among those who question the usefulness of the term, which in the form “femincide” was popularized in the 1970s when Diana E.H. Russell used it to describe acts of violence at the first International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women.
Sr Brigida Fahy OP