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I am a Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku. I obtained my Master’s degree in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program in Gender and Women’s Studies (GEMMA) at the University of Granada and the University of Utrecht; I graduated from Utrecht University with a thesis examining femi(ni)cide from a philosophical perspective and using a cutting-edge critical feminist methodology. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in Mexico City with a thesis on the concept of the body in Maurice Merleau-Ponty. I did a semester abroad at the National University of Buenos Aires in 2007. I have been a contributor since 2011 to the online project Feminicidio.net. I also have done volunteer work for Casco (Art, Design and Theory Office) in Utrecht.
I have taugt Social philosophy and Qualitative Research Methods for a bachelor program in Communications Studies at the Mesoamerican University (Oaxaca, Mexico).
In the modern world, human rights enjoy greater legitimacy, and the discourse of equality between sexes has acquired enough plausibility to be introduced in the form of institutionalized political practices; even so, old and new forms of gender-based violence are occurring and even increasing worldwide. Gender-based violence occurs in all societies but many of its forms are still not explicitly addressed by eu law and policy. This is the case with femi(ni)cide, which I propose to use in this project as a concept for legal and political analysis. My main research question is: What is the performance of the concept of femi(ni)cide in the European political and legal sphere? I am focusing on Western Europe, this region—the birthplace of modernity—has a highly developed system of human rights, but the legal, political and academic discussion on femi(ni)cide is still limited there. I use a feminist cutting-edge methodology, and a case study: Femi(ni)cide in Germany. With this study I aim to filling the academic gap on femi(ni)cide in Western Europe, to encourage further research on this matter, and to provide useful information for organizations dedicated to combat gender-based violence. Furthermore, I aim to show that femi(ni)cide occurs in all eu countries, thus questioning the idea that this phenomenon only occurs in “third world countries.” I follow a hypothesis in which I recognize that without a political and legal category that names a specific kind of violence towards women, or feminized subjects, such as femi(ni)cide, limits any attempt to fight this kind of crimes, because by not recognizing this phenomenon one cannot develop concrete policies and legislation to solve the problem.