Femicide, the killing of women and girls because of their gender, was until recently included in the category ‘homicide’, obscuring the special features of this social and gendered phenomenon. However, the majority of murders of women are perpetrated by men whom they know from family ties and are the result of intimate partner violence or so-called 'honour' killings.
This book is the first one on femicide in Europe and presents the findings of a four-year project discussing various aspects of femicide. Written by leading international scholars with an interdiscplinary perspective, it looks at the prevention programmes and comparative quantitative and qualitative data collection, as well as the impact of culture. It proposes the establishment of an European Observatory on Femicide as a new direction for the future, showing the benefits of cross-national collaboration, united to prevent the murder of women and girls.
Shalva Weil is Senior Researcher at the Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Research Fellow in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at UNISA, University of South Africa. From 2013-7, she served as Chair of the Cost Action IS1206 on “Femicide Across Europe.” She has addressed the Parliaments of Portugal, Aragon (Spain) and Rome, and spoken at three UN meetings on femicide. She runs an empowerment programme for slum migrant women of Caucasian origin and has researched intimate partner femicide among Ethiopian immigrants in Israel. She has published over 100 journal articles, including ten in scientific journals on femicide, and edited Special Issues on Femicide and several books on other subjects.
Consuelo Corradi is professor of sociology and Vice-Chair for research and international relations at Lumsa University, Rome, Italy. She served as co-Chair of the Cost Action IS1206 on Femicide across Europe. Her research interests include violence against women, femicide, and more recently the cross-national comparison of gender policy regimes across Europe. Her most recent book is “The concept and measurement of violence against women and men” (Policy Press, 2017) co-authored with Sylvia Walby and others. Consuelo was Vice-President of European Sociological Association from 2007 to 2009.
Dr Marceline Naudi is a social worker by profession and a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Gender Studies, at the University of Malta. She teaches and supervises student research on gender issues, violence against women and other anti-oppressive issues. She is active on the issues of gender equality and violence against women, LGBTIQ, as well as wider human rights issues in Malta and throughout Europe. She is currently a board member of the Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) network, and vice president of GREVIO, the Council of Europe monitoring body of the Istanbul Convention. She will be heading a European Observatory on Femicide starting in January 2018.
Chapter 1. Research and prevention of femicide across Europe ~ Shalva Weil;
Chapter 2. Femicide definitions ~ Magdalena Grzyb, Marceline Naudi, Chaime Marcuello-Servós;
Chapter 3. Data collection: Challenges and opportunities ~ Monika Schröttle, Ksenia Meshkova;
Chapter 4. Understanding and preventing femicide using a cultural and ecological approach ~ Christiana Kouta, Santiago Boira, Anita Nudelman, Aisha K. Gill;
Chapter 5. Prevention of femicide ~ Anna Costanza Baldry, Marie José Magalhães;
Chapter 6: Exploring the data on femicide across Europe ~ Consuelo Corradi, Anna Costanza Baldry, Sümeyra Buran, Christiana Kouta, Monika Schröttle, Ljiljana Stevkovic;
Chapter 7: Forward to the future ~ Shalva Weil and Marceline Naudi.