1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook on Femicide and Feminicide

Edited By Myrna Dawson, Saide Mobayed Vega Copyright 2023
    616 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores in depth femicide and feminicide, bringing together our current knowledge on this phenomenon and its prevention.

    No country is free from femicide/feminicide, which represents the tip of the iceberg in male violence against women and girls. Therefore, it is crucial and timely to better understand how states and their citizens are experiencing and responding to femicide/feminicide globally. Through the work of internationally recognised feminist and grassroots activists, researchers, and academics from around the world, this handbook offers the first in-depth, global examination of the growing social movement to address femicide and feminicide. It includes the current state of knowledge and the prevalence of femicide/feminicide and its characteristics across countries and world regions, as well as the social and legal responses to these killings. The contributions contained here look at the accomplishments of the past four decades, ongoing challenges, and current and future priorities to identify where we need to go from here to prevent femicide/feminicide specifically and male violence against women and girls overall.

    This transnational, multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral handbook will contribute to research, policy, and practice globally at a time when it is needed the most. It brings a visible, global focus to the growing concern about femicide/feminicide, underscoring the importance of adopting a human rights framework in working towards its prevention, in an increasingly unstable global world for women and girls.


    Foreword by Dubravka Šimonovic, Former Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences (2015-2021)

    Part 1 Introduction

    Chapter 1: Femicide and feminicide: A growing global human rights movement

    Authors: Myrna Dawson and Saide Mobayed Vega

    Part 2 Theoretical Understandings and Perspectives

    Chapter 2: A global archaeology of femi(ni)cide

    Author: Saide Mobayed Vega

    Chapter 3: Femicide and the global political economy

    Authors: Alison Brysk and Vitória Moreira

    Chapter 4: Understanding femicide using a global social ecological model

    Authors: Emma Fulu, Victoria Alondra, Xian Warner, Chay Brown and Loksee Leung

    Chapter 5: Femicide and intersectionality

    Author: Lorena Sosa

    Chapter 6: Femicide/feminicide and colonialism

    Authors: Paulina García-Del Moral, Dolores Figueroa Romero, Patricia Torres Sandoval, and Laura Hernández Pérez

    Chapter 7: Femi[ni]cide and space: Theorising the socio-spatial scripts of femi[ni]cide

    Author: Lorena Fuentes

    Chapter 8: Systems of power and femicide: The intersections of race, gender, and extremist violence

    Authors: Maria N. Scaptura and Brittany E. Hayes

    Part 3 Data and Methodological Considerations

    Chapter 9: Data sources and challenges in addressing femicide and feminicide

    Authors: Angelika Zecha, Naeemah Abrahams, Karine Duhamel, Cristina Fabré, Alejandra Otamendi, Alejandra Rios Cazares, Heidi Stöckl, Myrna Dawson, and Saide Mobayed Vega

    Chapter 10: Feminicide data activism

    Collectif Féminicides Par Compagnons ou Ex Feminizidmap, Kathomi Gatwiri, Counting Dead Women project, Savia Hasanova, Anna Kapushenko, Lyubava Malysheva, Saide Mobayed Vega, Audrey Mugeni, Counting Dead Women project, Rosalind Page, Black Femicide project, Ivonne Ramírez Ramírez, Ellas Tienen Nombre project, Helena Suárez Val, Feminicidio Uruguay project, Dawn Wilcox, Women Count USA: Femicide Accountability project and Aimee Zambrano Ortiz, Monitor de Femicidios project, Utopix

    Chapter 11: Femicide/feminicide observatories and watches

    Vathsala Illesinghe, Ahora Que Sí Nos Ven, Femi(ni)cide Watch Poland, Feminicidio.net, Observatorio de Feminicidios, Observatorio feminicidios Colombia - Red feminista antimilitarista, Shalva Weil, Myrna Dawson, and Saide Mobayed Vega

    Part 4 Femicide and Feminicide Across World Regions and Countries

    Chapter 12: Femicide in Afghanistan

    Authors: Mohammad Ibrahim Dariush, Farzana Adell, and Angelika Zecha

    Chapter 13: Femicide in Australia

    Authors: Patricia Cullen, Jenna Price and Natasha Walker

    Chapter 14: Feminicide in Brazil

    Author: Joana Perrone

    Chapter 15: Femicide in Canada

    Authors: Wendy Aujla, Myrna Dawson, Crystal J. Giesbrecht, Nneka MacGregor, Shiva Nourpanah

    Chapter 16: Femicide in Europe

    Authors: Marceline Naudi, Monika Schröttle, Elina Kofou, Maria José Magalhães, and Christiana Kouta

    Chapter 17: Femicide in Georgia

    Author: Tamar Dekanosidze

    Chapter 18: Femicide in India

    Author: Nishi Mitra vom Berg

    Chapter 19: Feminicide in Mexico

    Authors: Saide Mobayed Vega, Sonia M. Frías, Fabiola de Lachica Huerta, and Aleida Luján-Pinelo

    Chapter 20: Femicide in Palestinian Society

    Authors: Rafah Anabtawi, Iman Jabbour, and Abeer Baker

    Chapter 21: Femicide in Russian Federation

    Authors: Ksenia Meshkova and Lyubava Malysheva

    Chapter 22: Femicide in South Africa

    Authors: Nechama Brodie, Shanaaz Mathews, and Naeemah Abrahams

    Chapter 23: Femicide in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Authors: Emmanuel Rohn and Eric Y. Tenkorang

    Chapter 24: Femicide in Turkey

    Authors: Ceyda Ulukaya and Büşra Yalçınöz Uçan

    Chapter 25: Femicide in the United Kingdom

    Author: Karen Ingala Smith

    Chapter 26: Femicide in the United States

    Authors: Jill Theresa Messing, Millan A. AbiNader, Jesenia Pizarro, April M. Zeoli, Em Loerzel, Tricia Bent-Goodley, and Jacquelyn Campbell

    Part 5 Understanding Femicide and Feminicide Subtypes and Contexts

    Chapter 27: Intimate femicide/intimate partner femicide

    Authors: Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Sandra Walklate, Jude McCulloch, and JaneMaree Maher

    Chapter 28: Population control and sex-selective abortion in China and India: A feminist critique of criminalisation

    Authors: Navtej Purewal and Lisa Eklund

    Chapter 29: Systemic sexual feminicide: Colonial scars in bodies and territories

    Author: Julia Estela Monárrez Fragoso

    Chapter 30: ‘Honour’-based femicide

    Author: Aisha K. Gill

    Chapter 31: Femigenocide

    Authors: Rita Laura Segato and Lívia Vitenti

    Chapter 32: Sex work feminicide and the making of #SayHerName campaign by SWEAT in South Africa

    Author: Phoebe Kisubi Mbasalaki

    Chapter 33: Armed conflict femicide

    Author: Anna Alvazzi del Frate

    Chapter 34: Femicide in the context of gang-related violence in El Salvador

    Authors: Silvia Ivette Juárez Barrios and Erika J. Rojas Ospina

    Chapter 35: Continuities and discontinuities between the concepts of feminicide and transfeminicide in Mexico

    Authors: Sayak Valencia and Liliana Falcón

    Chapter 36: Femi(ni)cide as war as femi(ni)cide: Violence and justice-seeking beyond borders

    Author: Dilar Dirik

    Part 6 Legal Responses to Femicide and Feminicide

    Chapter 37: Femicide and legislation

    Author: Patsilí Toledo Vásquez

    Chapter 38: Femicide and transnational law

    Authors: Isabel López Padilla and Helene Saadoun

    Chapter 39: Investigating femicide/feminicide: The Latin American model protocol

    Authors: Françoise Roth, Mariela Labozzeta and Agustina Rodríguez

    Chapter 40: Femicide and the "heat of passion" criminal doctrine

    Author: Hava Dayan

    Chapter 41: State accountability and feminicide

    Authors: Cecilia Menjívar and Leydy Diossa-Jimenez

    Part 7 Social Responses to Femicide and Feminicide

    Chapter 42: Colonial femicide: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada

    Author: Robyn Bourgeois

    Chapter 43: Witnessing across borders: Truth-telling about feminicides in México and the MMIWG2S in Canada and the U.S.

    Author: Cynthia Bejarano

    Chapter 44: North American necropolitics and gender: On #BlackLivesMatter and Black femicide

    Author: Shatema Threadcraft

    Chapter 45: Femicide, digital activism, and the #NiUnaMenos in Argentina

    Authors: Francesca Belotti, Francesca Comunello and Consuelo Corradi

    Chapter 46: Dissident memories: Feminicide, memorialisation, and the fight against state cruelty

    Author: Elva Orozco Mendoza

    Part 8 Where to go from here in Research, Policy, and Practice

    Chapter 47: Latin American standardisation of data on feminicide

    Authors: Silvana Fumega and María Esther Cervantes

    Chapter 48: Human-centered computing and feminicide counterdata science

    Author: Catherine D’Ignazio

    Chapter 49: Male perpetrators’ accounts of femicide: A global systematic review

    Authors: Dabney P. Evans, Martín Hernán Di Marco, Subasri Narasimhan, Melanie Maino Vieytes, Autumn Curran, and Mia S. White

    Chapter 50: Changing media representations of femicide as primary prevention

    Authors: Jordan Fairbairn, Ciara Boyd, Yasmin Jiwani, and Myrna Dawson


    Myrna Dawson is Professor of Sociology and Research Leadership Chair, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph. She is the Founder and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (CSSLRV; www.violenceresearch.ca) and the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice & Accountability (CFOJA; www.femicideincanada.ca). For ten years, Dawson was a Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice (2008–2018). She has spent more than two decades researching social and legal responses to violence with emphasis on violence against women and children, femicide, and filicide.

    Saide Mobayed Vega is a researcher interested in the intersections between human rights, violence against women, digital technologies, and data. Her research traces how feminicide is recounted across scales by zooming in on global practices of data collection and local data activism, with a focus on Mexico. In 2017, she co-founded the Femi(ni)cide Watch Platform with the UN Studies Association. She is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Cambridge.