Ensuring safe societies by femicide prevention. A global perspective.

About this video

Prof Weil explains that femicide is the killing of women and girls because they are women/girls. Femicide comes in different types, e.g. ‘honour’ killing, sex selection of foetus. Femicide is highest in South East Asia and lowest in Western Pacific region. Femicide is still ‘invisible’ to researchers and activists when investigating slavery, violence, war or oppression. It is normally studied by lawyers, medical personnel, and criminologists but it should be studied by social scientists so the causes and conditions enabling femicide to exist can be understood and tackled. Experience of increased reporting of sexual violence during COVID-19 shows that this is an urgent issue for societies everywhere.



About the presenter

Shalva Weil D.Phil

Shalva Weil D.Phil is a graduate of the L.S.E. and Sussex University, UK. She is Senior Researcher at the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 2018 she was GIAN Distinguished Professor at JNU, New Delhi. She has published over 100 articles in scientific journals, edited books (Routledge, OUP, Marg, Magnes, Palgrave-Macmillan and more) and runs a women’s empowerment project for migrants from FSU in Israel’s slums.

From 2013-2017, Prof. Weil served as  Chair of the Cost Action IS1206 on Femicide Across Europe, heading a Management Committee  from 30 countries. During 2015-6, she addressed the Parliaments of Portugal, Spain and Italy, and was invited to three UN meetings on femicide in Bangkok, New York and Vienna. In 2018, she co-edited the book Femicide across Europe (Bristol University Press, Policy).  Her publications  include Special Issue on femicide  in Current Sociology, 2016; “Failed Femicides among Migrant Survivors” Qualitative Sociology Review (QSR), 2016;  “Femicide of Girls in Contemporary India” Ex Aequo, 2016;  Special Issue on Researching Femicide from a Qualitative Perspective in QSR, 2017; articles on femicide of elderly women, and orphans of femicide in Israel, in United Nations Studies Association, 2019;  Coronavirus  and Femicide” in European Sociologist,  2020.


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