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Lives Worthy of Respect.

Nov. 27, 2020

The recent, long overdue, outcry against the glorification of slave traders in civic statues both in the USA and the UK has heightened global awareness of the power of the plinth. The senseless, racist deaths of unarmed black men in the USA has been a focal point, but is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of inequality and injustice for the black community. The Black Lives Matter movement, founded by three women: Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, aims to dismantle white supremacy in America which is the well-spring for racist violence, just as the prevailing patriarchal attitudes form the breeding ground for violence against women. 

“femicide’” :  “men’s fatal violence against women”

The figures for femicide worldwide are no less devastating and are part of the motivation for this site, for the gender equalisation of the figures we see set up to be admired in civic statues. If any society does not clearly demonstrate that it values and honours women as much as men, the implication is that women's lives do not have the same worth and can be taken with relative impunity.

As the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women. Wednesday 25th November was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which will see the start of 16 days of activism against gender violence globally. That same day also sees the publication in the UK of a groundbreaking report, Femicide Census, which, for the first time in Britain, analyses the shocking killings of women and girls, from the age of 14 to 100, at the hands of men, over a 10-year period, 2009-2018. The census reveals that, on average, a woman was murdered every three days – a horrifying statistic, unchanged over the decade in spite of greater public awareness and increased research. 

It is appalling figures such as these in Mexico that give rise to powerful protests, like this moving song on youtube; Vivir+Quintana