Central American women speak of femicide, London

Women’s activists from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras to raise awareness on femicide – the violent killing of women

London: 25, 26, 27 November 2009

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, CAWN is organising a series of events, a seminar, film screening and Q&A, and a panel debate, to discuss the extreme form of social violence against women in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, femicide.

We will explore the nature of femicide – the violent killing of women – as an extreme form of gender-based violence (GBV) linked to discrimination, poverty and a “backlash” against women, in a climate of total state impunity.

Speaking at all three London events as well as in Brussels will be women’s activists from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras to raise awareness of these issues to policy and decision makers at the national and international levels.

Mirta Kennedy, Director, Centre of Women’s Studies Honduras (CEM-H)

Walda Barrios, Lecturer of San Carlos University, President of the National Union of Guatemala Women (UNAM), Guatemala

Julia Monarrez, Lecturer and researcher, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

Please RSVP to [email protected] and indicate which of the three events you are planning to attend.

Seminar and Drinks Reception

Details: Fri. 27th of Nov:

3 – 7 pm
Woburn House Conference Centre
20 Travistock Square
London, WC1 9HQ


Film screening of BBC documentary “Killer’s Paradise” followed by Q&A

Details: Thur. 26th of Nov:

Bolivar Hall
Grafton Way
London, WIT 5DL

“Killer’s Paradise” is a BBC documentary, produced by This World, directed by Giselle Portenier, and broadcasted in the UK by the BBC in May 2006.

Since 1999, more than two thousand women have been murdered in Guatemala, with the numbers escalating every year. Yet policy, decision-makers and government officials continue to turn a blind eye. Powerful and uncompromising, Killer’s Paradise follows the story of four women and the many whom are being killed in Guatemala and uncovers one of the most emotionally-wrenching hidden human rights abuses taking place right now, while exposing the impunity allowed by the judicial system.

Giselle Portenier, is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker who consistently focuses on human rights issues around the world. Her films have been used by human rights organisations in action campaigns and several have resulted in changes to the law.


Panel Debate at Parliament

Details: Wed. 25th of Nov:

4 – 6 pm
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
This meeting is sponsored by Tony Lloyd, MP

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