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Offence of femicide. Gender-based violent death of women

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Acts, Legislative
Laws (Statutes)
Enactments, Legislative
Legislative acts
Legislative enactments
Law

Abstract

The purpose of this article is femicide considered to be a gender-based crime. Provides a feminist analysis of the conceptual dimensions of the criminal offence; it includes the main arguments explored in Latin America, examines different aspects defended by feminist and women’s movement activists, takes into account some reactions triggered by criminalisation and considers the overall structure of the crime as approved in six countries: Costa Rica (special law, 2007), Guatemala (special law, 2008), Mexico (general law, 2007), El Salvador (special and integral law, 2010), Colombia and Chile (reforms of the penal code, 2008 and 2010). This study is very important because criminal cases, as well as generating different debates at judicial and legislative level, have opened new avenues for further critical investigation into this extreme expression of gender-based violence that is attacked by women’s bodies and undermines the right to live a life free from violence.

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