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Think Change episode 41: what will it take to end femicide?

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Diana Jiménez Thomas Rodriguez, Nicoletta Mandolini, Dinah Musindarwezo


Femicide – the intentional killing of women and girls with a gender-related motivation – affects every society around the world.

According to UN Women, nearly 89,000 women and girls were killed intentionally in 2022 – the highest number recorded in the past 20 years. And over half of all female homicides were committed by family members or intimate partners.

This episode puts a spotlight on this global atrocity. Experts from Italy, Kenya and Mexico share insights on how femicide is impacting their countries. We examine its root causes, how women’s movements are countering it, and what further action is urgently needed to bring about truly lasting change.

While comprehensive legislation is a critical starting point, we hear why challenging gender norms which make misogyny so deeply entrenched in society is fundamental if we are to curb femicide and see transformational change.


  • Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
  • Dinah Musindarwezo, Co-CEO, Womankind Worldwide
  • Nicoletta Mandolini, Researcher, CECS, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Diana Jiménez Thomas Rodriguez, Senior Research Officer, ODI

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