Presentation Title

Contributing Factors to Feminicide and Transfemincide in Latin America

Faculty Mentor

Georgina Guzman

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 130

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

This research project aims to find the leading causes of feminicide in Latin American countries. The first cases of feminicide were recorded in Mexico in the early 1990’s despite the fact that they were also an ongoing social problem in other Latin American countries such as Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The term feminicide refers to the killing of a woman for the sole reason of being a woman. Feminicide’s components include body dismembering, rape, and other forms of extreme violence which set it apart from homicide. Various articles were collected and analyzed which came from different disciplines and databases. The four main causes of feminicide identified are (1) impunity, (2) machismo, (3) post-civil war effects, and (4) transphobia. In cases of feminicide, the perpetrator is not charged for the crimes they have committed which leads to an ongoing culture of violence. Similarly, machismo is a Latin cultural norm that has become a scapegoat for perpetrators, allowing them to be absolved of their sanctions. Civil wars had everlasting effects on countries because they provided resources and training for civilians to execute mass killings. The combination of the aforementioned themes paved the way for transphobia. Similar to feminicide cases, transwomen are killed for the sole reason of being transwomen. These four elements create a very toxic environment for women. It is dire that future research focuses on shining light on this social issue that often times gets overlooked in the media.

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Contributing Factors to Feminicide and Transfemincide in Latin America

BSC-Ursa Minor 130

This research project aims to find the leading causes of feminicide in Latin American countries. The first cases of feminicide were recorded in Mexico in the early 1990’s despite the fact that they were also an ongoing social problem in other Latin American countries such as Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The term feminicide refers to the killing of a woman for the sole reason of being a woman. Feminicide’s components include body dismembering, rape, and other forms of extreme violence which set it apart from homicide. Various articles were collected and analyzed which came from different disciplines and databases. The four main causes of feminicide identified are (1) impunity, (2) machismo, (3) post-civil war effects, and (4) transphobia. In cases of feminicide, the perpetrator is not charged for the crimes they have committed which leads to an ongoing culture of violence. Similarly, machismo is a Latin cultural norm that has become a scapegoat for perpetrators, allowing them to be absolved of their sanctions. Civil wars had everlasting effects on countries because they provided resources and training for civilians to execute mass killings. The combination of the aforementioned themes paved the way for transphobia. Similar to feminicide cases, transwomen are killed for the sole reason of being transwomen. These four elements create a very toxic environment for women. It is dire that future research focuses on shining light on this social issue that often times gets overlooked in the media.