Button 3 Session 1 Sat

KAREN INGALA SMITH

KAREN INGALA SMITH

NAMING FEMICIDE – AN ACT OF RESISTANCE: OVERVIEW AND UK PERSPECTIVE

Femicide,  most often conceptualised as the killing of women by men because they’re women, isn’t even a formally recognised term in the UK, yet there are differences in contexts and motivations  between the killing s of women and men, there is also a tendency to overlook killings that are committed outside the context of domestic violence.  In addition, although the killing of women by men is a global issue, there are differences in international patterns.

This panel will include a focus on femicide in Latin America and the UK.  We will also look at the killings of women in the sex trade and the killings of women where BDSM/rough-sex gone wrong is used as a defence.

Jill Radford said that to name, define and promote awareness of femicide is to generate resistance. This panel is proud to be part of the feminist movement’s fight to end all forms of men’s violence against women and girls.

FIONA MACKENZIE

FIONA MACKENZIE

WE CAN’T CONSENT TO THIS

The death of a woman or girl in a “sex game gone wrong” has too long been reported as an isolated incident. And we now know that claims of “consent” to violence are not rare, and that these cases are not restricted to the UK. We've found that in almost all cases, these deaths are unlawful killings of a woman or girl by a man, and claiming "she asked for it" gives a chance of a lesser charge, lighter sentence, or a death not being investigated as a crime at all. 

In our research on these cases, we've seen failures at every stage of the criminal justice system, and embedded myths that women commonly consent to sexual violence that kills or injures them.We Can't Consent to This wants to clarify law and change policy on consent - so it's clear that women can't be assumed to consent to this violence.Fiona will update on progress in making these changes, and what we need to do next.