What links Femicide and Honor KIlling is that gender is a distinguishing featurein identifying the crime as such. Both are crimes committed against womenby virtue of being such, beyond the differences in social constructions andsymbolic attributes of the feminine in every culture. The only honor to protectthrough the Femicide or honor killing is patriarchal supremacy of a misogynistculture.The concept of honor killing as a cultural product, specific to certain groups,distracts the attention from the fact they are Femicides. This puts a group of women in a great disadvantage in terms of: Understanding the problem ascrimes as the murder of any woman for gender reasons could be; also takeaway the issue from visibility, public policies and the spreading of as partof global gender reivindications, increasing the vulnerability around of thedemands of their rights and protection of their integrity. An excerpt of this is that the vast majority of people link honor killing to religion.The truth is, they are not associated with any particular religion, because theyoccur both in Hindu, Muslim communities and sub-Saharan Africa: If religionis not a direct and exclusive variable of these atrocities, we must identify thecommon factor in all of them that is, Patriarchy.If is Patriarchy the common and powerful factor in all these crimes that it meansFemicide is an Honor Killing.Femicide is not an isolated issue, inherent in a culture or region, is a global andbrutal expression of discrimination based on gender. Despite efforts to eradicateit, continues to increase, so the approach to the problem as a matter universallyunderstood, but solved locally, is essential to change the discriminatory biasesagainst women, set up by Patriarchy and legitimized by the legal and socialpractice.Despite the evidence, the difference of appreciation from our culture is clear inthe case, for example, of Canadian records of attacks on women, which statesthat from 2002 to 2007, the Honor Killing were 12 and femicides, 212. What?The 12 were not women? The 12 were not victims of Patriarchy? Gender hadnot a role in the murders of those 12 women? For statistics, and for our westernculture, the murder qualified as honor killing are problems of "those others",nothing to be included in programs of prevention of murder of women by theinsanity of patriarchy.
Nasreen Amina is the pen name of Vanessa Rivera de la Fuente, a feminist writer, gender journalist and specialist in social communication and grass roots projects. Sheis a Muslim and pioneer of Islamic feminism in Latin America, a lecturer on women’s