~ This video starts with Professor Esther Rothblum's Introduction of me on Dec 1, 2011, before I delivered my 22-min speech on "The Origin & Importance of the Term Femicide." I wrote this lecture for a Conference in Amsterdam on Dec 10, 2011, titled Stop Femicide! that was organized by Kurdish women (now postponed til Feb 2012), and for the first Women's Hearings in Cambodia titled "True Voices of Women under the Khmer Rouge Regime on Sexual Violence," on Dec 7 & 8, 2011.
I began my speech by describing the origin of the feminist term femicide, how I defined, then later redefined it. I provided the titles of two anthologies on femicide that I co-edited as part of my largely one-woman campaign to urge feminists in the US to adopt the term femicide. While my efforts were largely unsuccessful, I was invited to speak about femicide at a seminar in Juarez, Mexico, in 2004. There reknowned Mexican scholar and Congresswoman Marcela Lagarde, who had initiated the seminar, declared "Sometimes a book comes along that changes history, and Dr. Russell & Jill Radford's book Femicide: The Politics of Woman Killing (1992) is such a book!" Together with other women leaders, she succeeded in disseminating this term in other regions of Mexico, as well as in other Latin American countries. Adoption of the term femicide there inspired many Latin American feminists to found organizations to combat the epidemic of femicides perpetrated there. Lagarde translated the term femicide into Spanish as feminicide & feminicidio. In 2005, she changed her definition of feminicide. I provide several criticisms of her redefinition of this term in my speech.