Femi(ni)cide is defined as the homicide of women and girls. This extreme form of gender-based violence is often associated with certain regions of the world, rather than being recognized as a global problem. The true dimensions of these crimes, such as the frequency of domestic offences or the particular risk level associated with separation from a partner — as well as the societal acceptance of violence against women — remain largely unknown because of a lack of in-depth analyses and because these crimes are usually not statistically recorded.

In this discussion, four activists from different contexts share experiences from their work: Hannah Beeck and Aleida Luján Pinelo, with their initiative Feminizidmap, document the murders of women in Germany; Valeria España focuses on court verdicts and criminal prosecution in various South American countries; and Meena Kandasamy is an author whose work is dedicated to trauma and violence against women, especially in India. They seek to raise awareness of the complex issue of extreme violence against women and they demand greater public debate and the development of strategies in order to prevent crimes and obtain consistent criminal prosecution.

In English

Hannah Beeck
Valeria España
Meena Kandasamy
Aleida Luján Pinelo

Moderated by Pearl Brilmyer

Organized by

An event of the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with ICI Berlin

As part of the Festival
Frequencies. Sharing Feminisms

From 19 to 21 May 2022, the Goethe-Institut is staging the interdisciplinary festival ‘Frequencies. Sharing Feminisms‘. Over three days, the festival will open up resonant spaces for feminist debates and movements – multiperspectival, intersectional and diverse – at the Pfefferberg area and the Sophiensaele in Berlin.

The term ‘frequencies’ represents the polyphony of feminisms. It encompasses the range of corresponding topics and concerns as well as the different feminist movements and waves. Discursive and artistic contributions by activists, authors, artists, media professionals, performers and academics from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America make this rich diversity tangible.

The festival aims to provide the debates on feminisms conducted in Germany and elsewhere with new perspectives, alliances and plans of action. The focus is on transcultural and intergenerational exchange as well as on raising awareness of the relevance of the topic for society as a whole.

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