Femicide: Say Its Name *PARTNER CONTENT*March 26, 2019 at 10:07 (GMT) · Published
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In Germany, every two to three days a woman is killed by her intimate partner. The widespread, structural nature of this crime only became known when the government began collecting data on this type of killing some years ago.
Unlike the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, the German government doesn’t recognise the term femicide, the killing of women and girls for being women and girls. So the current stats paint an incomplete picture, as they don’t account for the many other victims of femicide, such as single women and sex workers.
Additionally, femicides are rarely covered in the German press and when they are, the narrative is highly racialised. They are normally referred to as “honour killings” and reported on when perpetrated by a migrant or asylum seeker, normally a Muslim. This further skewers the picture, creating the impression that femicide is a cultural and not structural phenomenon.
As part of International Women’s Month, redfish spoke with activists fighting femicide in Germany, as well as with experts working with perpetrators of domestic violence to get a full view of the picture. It found that many individuals have been influenced by the Ni Una Menos movement in Latin America and that femicide is not widely discussed in the feminist movement.
That said, there has been a sea-change as the Women’s Strike movement has incorporated the fight against gender-based killings into its national demands, which means very soon, Germany might have to say its name.