IWD Series: Stopping Femicide: COVID-19 Brings Renewed Global Urgency
Gender inequality and violence against women and girls is a problem everywhere, and for some women there are lethal consequences. Femicide—a gender-based hate crime—includes domestic violence that culminates in death, rape that ends in murder, and honor killings.
Violence against women is a pandemic within a pandemic, as Covid-19 has exacerbated the severity and frequency of all forms gender-based violence. According to the United Nations, 139 women are murdered every day, and the overwhelming majority of perpetrators are men.
Combating femicide requires more than keeping women out of harm’s way. We must change the core of our culture and expose complicit systems and policies that shame, ignore, and silence those seeking justice.
Join Global Rights for Women and the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy for a conversation with global and local activists who have led collective action to raise awareness and create change.
- Patricia Olamendi Torres, Coordinator, Convention of Belém Do Pará, and Director of the Training Institute for Justice and Human Rights
- Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
- Nicole Matthews, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
The conversation will be moderated by Cheryl Thomas, Executive Director of Global Rights for Women.
This event is part of the International Women's Day webinar series: Gender, COVID-19, and Human Rights. Event is co-sponsored by the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy, Global Rights for Women, the Human Rights Program, the Women's Center, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, and the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility.