Jasna Podreka is a researcher and Teacher Assistant at the Department of Sociology at Faculty of Arts,
University of Ljubljana.
She obtained her PhD in 2014, defending thesis on gender-based killings of women by male intimate partners. She was a member of the European Cooperation in Science & technology Action IS1206 Femicide across Europe for the period 2013-2017. Besides gender-based violence and femicide, her main research interests are discrimination and inequalities in fields of work, politics and personal life. She is a member of Slovene Sociological Association and is actively engaged in Association SOS Helpline for Women and Children who were victims of violence.
She is also a guest lecturer at educational panels on gender-based violence for police force, social workers and members of NGOs. She published various scientific articles on the topic of domestic violence, sexual violence and femicide. In 2017 she published a book on the topic of intimate partner homicides of women in Slovenia.
Femicide: the evolution of the definition and the meaninig of naming in the study of violent
deaths of women
Empirical findings shows that most of the murders and violent deaths of women are the result of some form of gender-based violence. This contribution will point to the importance of introducing a specific terminology for the naming of violent deaths of women, namely the term femicide. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to present the evolution of the definition and discussion on justification to introduce the notion of femicide for naming the sexually-marked violent deaths of women. Through the important findings from numerous studies at home and abroad, the auhtor will show that there are significant gender differences in the murder and violent deaths of women. At the same time the author will discuss the differences between the term femicide and homicide and will try to answer the question, why the introduction of the term femicide seems necessary and justified. They are based on the assumption that the naming and definition of newly identified forms of oppression of women is of key importance for solving and preventing such problems.