Israel Observatory on Femicide

Femicide in War and Peace

Special Issue in the journal 'Peace Review'

(Guest Editor: Prof. Shalva Weil)

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Shalva Weil, Noam S. Keshet

Journal of Gender Studies, 30 (1): 39-51. doi: 10.1080 / 09589236.2020.1809361

This study of femicide involving elderly women, or female geronticide includes an empirical report on the findings of the first longitudinal study on female geronticide in Israel, which demonstrates that over a period of 10 years female geronticide was perpetrated solely by intimate male partners. The findings are important for policy-makers in Israel but have applications globally.  


Vered Ne'eman-Haviv

Journal of Family Theory and Review, June 2021

This article reviews the current literature in the field, using a sociocultural theoretical framework, and critically examines the effect of modernization processes on the phenomenon, distinguishing between Arab and Muslim countries and Western countries. The review shows that despite modernization processes, and at times owing to concerns about these processes, the use of honor killings as a tool to strengthen patriarchal control seems to be widening. 

Woman on Window Sill

Shalva Weil

Journal of Gender Studies, 30 (7): 807-818. doi: 10.1080/09589236.2021.1880883

The article offers a collocation of COVID-19 alongside two other pandemics that are likely to increase during and after public health responses to the coronavirus: suicide and femicide. Both of these forms of violence are patterned, predictable, and highly gendered. We assert that femicide and suicide rates will increase for women to unprecedented levels as a direct result of pandemic public health measures.

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 Shalva Weil

Special Issue in "Peace Review: Femicide in War and Peace"

Guest Editor, Shalva Weil.


For the first time for a journal, Peace Review is launching a Special Issue on Femicide in War and Peace, with contributions from diverse
countries, not hitherto covered in books and articles on femicide. The contributors come from a variety of academic disciplines, and represent many places in the world, including the global South.

At the time of writing, a terrible war is waging in the Ukraine. It is men who are largely being killed. But women are also the innocent victims of this war. To date, we have not heard of femicide, that is, of the murder of women because of their gender in combat, although this may emerge at a later date. Femicide in war is different from femicide in peace, and yet the dividing-line between the two is thin.