The Multidisciplinary Artist Bringing Attention To Femicide in Europe

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Femicide

(noun)

the killing of a woman or girl, in particular by a man and on account of her gender. Femicide or feminicide is a sex-based hate crime term, broadly defined as "the intentional killing of females (women or girls) because they are females"

Lidia is a multidisciplinary artist in the UK who uses her work to expose the urgent need for European countries to incorporate the definition of femicide into their criminal laws, which none of them has implemented within their legal frameworks. Lidia notes this contrast to the common European definition of terrorism, one that has been established since 2002, in a document obliging an alignment of national legislation, including the implementation of preventative measures. Lidia is trying to highlight the imbalance between the numbers of the victims of terrorism and femicide and the disparity of action in response. Using strong and sometimes disturbing images in combination with extensive research her work aims to produce beautiful images to communicate uncomfortable narratives, generally rooted in social injustice and inequality.

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Lidia’s work revealing that 'In 2017 in Europe 184 people died as victims of terrorism, 3000 females died as victims of femicide' will be on a 3 metre long, mobile billboard,  driving through London's streets on the 8th March, International Women's Day. It is the culmination of Lidia’s activism project titled '1:16 - Femicide Emergency -'.

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Around 50,000 women and girls were killed around the world in 2017, at the hands of intimate partners or family members. This amounts to 137 per day and about 6 every hour. These are the shocking numbers that emerge from the research, published on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November 2018 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Through her work, Lidia wants more people to be aware of the meaning and extent of femicide, no matter how uncomfortable this may be.  Starkly comparing the number of deaths from the 2017 figures on the Global Terrorism Database and the UN's Global Study on Homicide 2018 seemed a clear way to do it. International Women’s Day is about celebrating women and their triumphs, but it just as importantly allows us to openly discuss the striking imbalances they face every day, all over the world.

More information about her work can be found at http://www.lidialidia.com

If you see it, please send pictures of the van to lida@lidialidia.com



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