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Fighting Femicide: Hebrew University Researcher to Chair First Pan-European Coalition to Prevent Murder of Women in Europe Due to Their Gender

26 countries have joined European-funded COST initiative thus far Hebrew University will host first working group in Jerusalem on Oct. 24; open to public
09/10/2013

For the first time, COST, an inter-governmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, will sponsor an Action initiated by an Israeli researcher to prevent femicide across Europe (see: http://bit.ly/femicide). Femicide, the killing of a woman because she is female, is a leading cause of premature death for women globally.

The Action will establish a pan-European coalition on femicide, with researchers who are already studying the phenomenon in their own countries, in order to agree on definitions, improve policies for femicide prevention, and publish guidelines for the use of national policy-makers.

To date, 26 countries have joined the initiative proposed by Dr. Shalva Weil, Senior Researcher at the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation and Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Weil has been unanimously elected as the chairperson for the Action and is the only Israeli to hold such a position. The proposal emerged out of Dr. Weil’s own research on wife-murder/femicide among Ethiopian immigrants in Israel.

The Hebrew University has been elected by the European representatives in the COST Action as the grant-holding institution. The four-year COST Action will launch the idea of a European Observatory on femicide.

According to Dr. Weil, “It is an honor for the State of Israel and for me to have been selected by a majority of countries in Europe to lead an initiative to prevent femicide, a phenomenon that may be on the rise in Europe in the wake of globalization and migration.”

On October 23, the Management Committee of the COST Action will be hosted in Jerusalem. This will be the first time that the vast majority of these European researchers will have visited Israel.

On October 24, the first working group of the Action will hold a conference on defining femicide, at the Hebrew University's Maiersdorf Faculty Club on Mt. Scopus. The conference will be open to the public. Israel's Ministry of Science, Technology and Space is supporting the meeting as the representatives of the COST program in Israel.

Keynote speakers include:

—Prof. Naeemah Abrahams, Deputy Director, Gender & Heath Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council;

—Prof. Jacquelyn Campbell, Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program; and

—Profs. Rebecca Emerson Dobash and Russell P. Dobash, Professors Emeritus, Criminology, in the School of Law, at the University of Manchester, UK and Distinguished Visiting Professors at Arizona State University.

Conference information is available at http://bit.ly/femiconf.

 

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