How long are we going to kill women ?

Zapatos Rojos (red shoes) is a public art project from the mexican artist Elina Chauvet to denounce the violence made to women, feminicides and the crime impunity.

Zapatos Rojos (red shoes) is a public art project from the mexican artist Elina Chauvet to denounce the violence made to women, feminicides and the crime impunity.

In 2017, 130 women were killed by their partner or former partner. In 2018, 128 women’s lives were taken. As of July 2019, 76 women have been victims of feminicide. The question that necessarily comes to min dis this: who is going to be killed savagely enough for the people in power to react?

The « Nous Toutes » collective might well call on Emmanuel Macron, Edouard Philippe and company almost daily, nothing changes. While during his inauguration, our dear president had made the promise to do right by women, to make them "the great cause of his five-year term", more than 330 feminicides have occurred since, almost to everyone’s indifference. So women, those still alive, decided to say STOP, once again. On July the 6th, 2000 of them gathered in Place de la République to push the government to act, before the 77th woman falls victim of their passivity. Muriel Robin, figure of the fight against domestic violence, did not fail to directly challenge the President of the Republic: "You said this was a national cause: where are you now? How much does a woman’s life cost?".

Then Emmanuel Macron, overwhelmed by his emotions, went on his Facebook account and posted the names of all female victims of feminicide since January 2019, along with the phone number to call in case of violence. Then Marlène Schiappa got involved. The Secretary of State for Gender Equality thought that 76 was a bit much, and offered her definition of an emergency solution. From September 3rd to November 25th, there will be a "Grenelle on domestic violence". What is a Grenelle? Well, it’s a debate. That’s probably what we needed, sure.

However, it is not for lack of sharing ideas when it comes to the measures to be taken to regulate the plague of feminicides. With the #5MesuresContreLesFéminicides, the « Nous Toutes » collective has even created customized visuals for each political personality who could potentially bring women out of this ordeal. Regarding Edouard Philippe, he should "give firm orders to police stations and gendarmeries that no woman victim of violence within a couple remains unanswered, subject to sanctions". Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet "must set goals of assigning protection orders in each region". And then Marlène Schiappa should expressly "double grants to associations that welcome women victims of violence". So many solutions that could reduce feminicides, like in Spain which has reduced them by 38% over the past decade, as the Fondation des Femmes likes to recall.

But in the end, they all know it. If Catherine J. is the 76th female victim of femicide since January 1, 2019, it is not because she did not call 3919 in a timely manner. The man who killed her was already known to the police for acts of domestic violence. And if you feel like you’ve already heard this story somewhere, it’s because you probably have. It is almost systematic: women victims of feminicide are very rarely the killers’ first prey. The fact is that the evidence is never sufficient for the police and justice. From case dismissed to closed, women are in the hot seat from the first slap, from the first kick. So who will trigger the government?

written by Claire, translated by Lucie