Diana Russell: Femicide Is A Lethal Hate Crime Against Women
From the burning of witches in the past, to the more recent widespread custom of female infanticide in many societies, to the killing of women for so-called honor, we realize that femicide has been going on a long time….
Femicides are lethal hate crimes that are typically trivialized and depoliticized…
Just as murders targeting African Americans and/or other minority groups, are differentiated by those that are racist and those that are not, so must murders targeting females be differentiated by those that are femicides and those that are not.
The mass femicides that are perpetrated in India, China, and many other countries, constitute gendercide, or female genocide. Women must demand that all our patriarchal governments punish these crimes as they do other genocides!”
Dr. Diana Russell is one of the world’s pioneering researchers and experts on violence against women and girls. In 1976 she co-organized the first International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in Brussels. She also re-defined the term ‘Femicide’ as a lethal hate crime against women and girls, and for 40 years has been lobbying for its official recognition. She has published numerous books on rape , femicide, incest, and the impact of pornography on violence against women. Her website is DianaRussell.com