February 16, 2017 by petrujviljoen
“We don’t want flowers, we want rights.” Kollectiva La Calle (The Street Collective)
Vanessa Vazquez Laba, a scholar feminist and researcher in gender studies in Argentina, with whom I share a first name, activism, and intellectual interests, hits me on Valentine’s Day with the following message:
There have been 57 femicides in the first 43 days of 2017 in the country, and the government has suspended the funding of universities for research on gender based violence.
57 femicides in 43 days…
A heartbreaking message to receive in Valentine’s day, isn´t it?
What does this mean? According to the definition accepted by the majority of women’s rights activists and scholars, “Femicide is a sex-based crime, generally understood to involve intentional murder of women because they are women.” . The World Health Organization states that a Femicide is:
Usually perpetrated by men. Most cases of femicide in the world are committed by partners or ex-partners…
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