We Count Femicide Because...
There have been 58 femicides that occurred in 2020-2021 in Ontario. 58 daughters, mothers, aunties, grandmothers, sisters and community members. We Count Femicide Because is a new initiative of Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network (BBW) and OAITH to call attention to and address Femicide rates in Ontario.
Femicide is described as the intentional killing of women, children and other gender-diverse individuals, by men
We Count Femicide Because will raise a public alarm every time a femicide occurs in Ontario. We want to draw attention to the critical need for investments in prevention and to engage leaders in communities and at all levels of government in dialogue focused on the collective work needed to prevent femicide.
WE COUNT FEMICIDE BECAUSE:
- Indigenous, Black and 2SLGBTQ+ women, girls and gender-diverse individuals are at an increased risk and experience disproportionate levels of gender-based violence.
- Every life lost to femicide tears a hole in the fabric of our communities. We honour their lives and commit to making change to prevent future femicides.
- Naming men’s violence as the problem is part of the change we need to make as a society. We can’t change it if we can’t name it.
- For every femicide, there are more survivors who are not safe in their homes, workplaces and communities. We can do more to reach out and support them. We can engage their intimate partners, family members, friends, coworkers and acquaintances to end the violence.
OAITH’s Work on Femicide
Since 1990 OAITH has been tracking Ontario femicides through media reporting and working to ensure we remember the lives lost, bring attention to the violence women experience, and take action to bring our list to zero. Since 1990 we are aware of over 900 women, girls and gender-diverse individuals who have lost their lives to men’s violence.
We examine femicides where men have been charged or deemed responsible. OAITH’s review of media reported femicides includes women, children, trans women, 2-Spirited Peoples and gender non-conforming individuals where this has been reported by the media. OAITH reviews and analyzes hundreds of media articles every year based on our definition of femicide and victim/perpetrator relationship. A femicide could be perpetrated by a current or former husband or boyfriend. It could be a brother, son or a nephew. It can also be perpetrated by a man who is a coworker, neighbour, friend or acquaintance. At times, relationships may be unknown but violent gendered crimes including sexual violence may have occurred prior to the murder. More broadly it can include other men closely known to them, and in some cases relationship to the victim is not released, but the gendered nature of the murder would indicate a femicide has occurred.
Every year we release our Annual Femicide List based on media reporting of women murdered by men in Ontario. We work to ensure that we remember the lives lost, bring attention to the violence women experience, and take action to move our list to zero. In Partnership with: Our work on femicide reporting is done in partnership with Dr. Mavis Morton, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph and Emma Kelly, Master's Candidate, Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph.
We Count Femicide Because