5 facts about femicide in South Africa

Just as we have exited the Women’s month, we are faced with numerous femicide cases. One such horrific case is the murder of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana. Initial reports suggest a post office worker has confessed to raping and killing the 19-year-old.  As a result, there have been calls for a national shut down to protest femicide in the country.

Women have taken to Twitter to tweet #AmINext - asking if they will become the next victim of murder.  Definitions of "femicide" vary. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, there is no commonly agreed definition of what constitutes femicide.  Hoewever, hate crimes against women perpetrated by men simply because of the gender roles assigned to women is one popular definition of femicide.  This is a similar definition used by South Africa's statistical agency, Stats SA: "The intentional killing of females [women or girls] because they are females."

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