Cheeky Laughs (3) – Being a woman – violence and feminicide

© Doaa El Adl

Here is the third chapter of the conference organized by LIBREXPRESSION as part of the festival “Internazionale in Ferrara – 2018” (#intfe) dedicated to the fight against sexism and machismo. Always with the participation of the cartoonists: Marilena Nardi (IT), Anne Derenne (FR) and Zainab Fasiki (Morocco), the theme of this third part was violence against women and feminicide.

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If sexual harassment is very common against women, violence although less systematic is also quite common, everuwhere. About 35% of women worldwide have suffered physical or sexual violence from their partners or from non-partners. An average that covers significant differences between countries (the rate goes up to 70% in some countries like Marocco) or geographical areas: in Africa the rate is 45.6%, in Southeast Asia: 40.2%, in Eastern Mediterranean: 36.4%, in Americas: 36,1%, in Europe: 27.2% and in high-income countries 32.7%.

This violence isof many kinds: from intimate violence in couples, child marriage, rape during conflicts, migration or refugees’ camps, to feminicide. Some statistics – even if incomplete because all violences are not reported and not all countries transmit their statistics – are giving chills:

Genital mutilation: 200 million women,

– 50% of violence against women are made against girls under the age of 16,

150 million women under the age of 18 suffered sexual violence,

– the first sexual experience of 30% of women results of abuse,

Marriages of girls: 750 million

– Feminicide statistics are difficult to establish, however, statistics exist in Europe from Eurostat but cover only 20 members States. The latest dating of 2015 are: France: 142, Italy: 105, Germany 210, UK: 128, Spain: 71 …

– It is estimated that among all women victims of feminicide 50% have been killed by their partner, husband partner or by a family member, when only 6% of the murders against a man are the fact of their partner or wife.

To know more:
– United Nations: The world’s Women 2015 – report trends and statistics. Chapter 6 is dedicated to violence against women. The world’s women reports are published every 5 years; The 2015’s one is therefore the last one available;
– European Institute for gender Equality (EIGE):
– Feminicidio – OMS :;jsessionid=48AF07A94F988FA6AE269F42D9E5A717?sequence=1
Feminicidio in Europa:


Economist and historian, director of the Center LIBREXPRESSION, Foundation Giuseppe di Vagno

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