It was back in March 1976 when over 2,000 women, from 40 countries, created the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women, at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Simone de Beauvoir wrote: “For the first time, women from all over the world will realize the scandal of their condition.”
And for the first time, a new word in criminology was coined to identify the murder of women for sexual reasons. It was called “femicide” or as said today, “feminicide.”
After 40 years, the awareness has traveled the long road of emancipation and liberation of women, revealing along its way the old and new forms of violence that still strike us down anywhere in the world, regardless of creed and class.
Reading the news of more deaths is a double agony. Because the violence of males is always more brutal (often the woman is burned alive, as in the times of the witches), and because it describes the ordeal of beatings and abuse, followed by often futile complaints, like dramatic pleas for help.