November 25th, 2023
Even on this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, it is not the task of the civilian population, associations or commercial enterprises to carry out awareness campaigns to protect women from violence. This and also safeguarding the right to life and physical integrity (Basic Law Article 2 (2)) are tasks that the German government should fulfill – with the help of political decision-makers who are aware of their responsibility and ensure the rule of law. Actually.
The structural and traditional excesses of violence in Germany are still costing the lives of far too many girls and women. The inhibition threshold sinks if there are no preventive corrective measures, the perpetrators are getting younger and younger, the acts are becoming more and more cruel, the insidious attacks more and more frequent and the accompanying costs are exploding: We all cannot afford violence against women.
It is therefore all the more pleasing that the Bundesliga first division club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is once again taking such a strong and unequivocal stance and providing clarification exactly where it is most urgently needed: In a classic male domain. Because violence against girls and women is not a „women’s issue“. Violence against women is a blatant violation of human rights.
Once again: Thank you to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim!
August 27th, 2023
Violence against women includes physical, psychological, financial and sexual abuse. Femicides are the pinnacle of structural, traditional excesses of violence (also) against older women. It is important to recognize and address this type of violence – to do so, it must be researched, supported with dataanalysis, and addressed again and again: It’s one thing to submit a scientific paper.
A whole new dimension opens up when the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons of the UN Human Rights Council, Dr. Claudia Mahler (DIMR), also references my work of many years in her report „A/HRC/54/26“ submitted to the UN General Assembly.
Even more, however, I would like my home country to fulfill its obligations, be it the fulfillment of Article 2 (2) of the Basic Law „Everyone has the right to life and physical integrity.“, be it the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, which is legally binding for Germany since February 1, 2018. This would make my harrowing reports on the status quo of politics at the expense of women’s lives in Germany obsolete.
March 17th, 2023
November 25th, 2022
This year’s International Day against Violence against Women was also the occasion for a campaign with a wide reach: Starting with billboards in the major and/or state capitals of Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart, we brought German femicides to the attention of the general public.
It is neither the task of civil society, nor that of private companies or even of sports clubs to demand the implementation of the Istanbul Convention with a campaign – raising awareness is just as much a state obligation as the realization of the international treaty that has been legally binding for Germany since February 01, 2018.
It is all the more great that the first division soccer club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has clearly positioned itself on our side in our demands to the German government. THANK YOU to the teams of STRÖER SE & Co. KGaA and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for your stance – thank you for making this possible!
August 3rd, 2022
Sometimes positive impulses come quite unexpectedly: Thanks for your support Rheinische Post Mediengruppe
July 21st, 2022
The evidence-based analyses of the F.O.C.G. are increasingly noticed by the public – now for the first time by the German Press Agency dpa – A very small excerpt from the extremely extensive interview is published nationwide.
June 6th, 2022
And, even in the aftermath, we may once again multiply the messages to combat violence against women #VAW: In the OOH! podcast: „Violence against women – what must be done about it?“, a digital background talk on the outdoor advertising campaign #IstanbulConvention with Out-of-Home Research & Services GmbH in cooperation with the German Outdoor Advertising Association (Fachverband Aussenwerbung e.V., Frankfurt a.M.)
May 11th, 2022
The multi-stage protest performance with FEMEN Germany and the F.O.C.G. in the form of an Out of Home (OOH) campaign from March 2021 was honored by the German Outdoor Advertising Association (Fachverband Aussenwerbung e.V.), Frankfurt a.M., in a grand ceremony. Yes, we are happy to be able to directly sensitize Germany’s best advertisers and also the representatives of the largest German corporations to #VAWG. Thank you all for the long lasting applause!
May 9th, 2022
A very special exchange: The personal meeting with the Minister of the Interior of Lower Saxony, Mr. Boris Pistorius, in the permanent representation of Lower Saxony in Berlin: about 1.5 hours of focused exchange on how the structural, traditional violence against women could be efficiently and sustainably curbed. More remains to be seen…
February 2nd, 2022
A new publication in book form – lead story in the inaugural issue of the University of Jena’s Außeruniversitäre Aktion (AuA), Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft im Gespräch „Germany : Deadly Consequences based on Ignorance of Rule of Law“ (print & online), Jahrgang 1, Heft 1/2022: kritisch leben, transcript, Bielefeld
September 17th, 2021
With reference to our protest performance on May 11th, 2021, we were received at the Federal Ministry of Justice. The head of the department of criminal law, Ministerial Director Dr. Böhm and his team took more time than originally planned to receive our expert proposals for the containment and sustainable combat against the overflowing, structural, traditional, male violence against girls and women in Germany. Still excellently prepared, we await the follow-up date.
June 28th, 2021
It is always an honor to be able to contribute sound knowledge to panel discussions initiated by democratic, politically decisive female experts on the topic of violence against women. In the context of their online congress „WIR SIND UNSCHLAGBAR. Häusliche Gewalt – Situation, Schutzkonzepte, Prävention“ (Domestic Violence – Situation, Protection Concepts, Prevention), the Thuringian parliamentary group of BÜNDNIS 90/ DIE GRÜNEN requested a lot of expertise on German femicides.
Starting at 06:13:01, this can be heard in the closing panel with a special focus on the interaction with the lack of implementation of the Istanbul Convention. Thank you for the invitation!
May 31st, 2021
On the occasion of today’s decapitation of a woman by her husband in Prignitz qua chainsaw, the broadcast date for the interview at Radio Dreyeckland could not have been chosen more appropriately: Thank you for always pushing the issue of femicide towards politics!
May 7th to May 17th, 2021
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention on May 11, 2021, we (Femen Germany, change.org & FOCG) initiated a huge, 10-day protest campaign:
Phase I: Our 40 billboards (40 months Istanbul Convention in Germany) hung from 07th to 17th of May at exposed locations in Frankfurt a.M., provided with a QR code that directly linked to information in depth.
Duration of the billposting: a total of 10 days, i.e. one day for each year of the Istanbul Convention.
Phase II: On 11.05. our protest clip ran nationwide on a total of 1,385 monitors in Berlin, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart from 9am to 6pm.
Phase III: On 11.05. Our live protest performance in the ban mile of the government quarter was mentioned in France, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Spain and also Russia – just the German media characteristically ignored the performance completely.
April 30st, 2021
The topic of Femicide or gender-specific killings of women is a thematic focus of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović. It is a special appreciation to be able to support her international stocktaking, which aims to prevent and combat Femicides, with regular information, data on German Femicides and concrete recommendations for action derived from it. May the contribution of the Femicide Observation Center Germany (20210430_FOCG_Germany – Report on Femicide) be an additional piece of the puzzle among the internationally compiled results presented in a report to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
April 25th, 2021: In the federal state of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the Radio Station Bayerischer Rundfunk takes stock of the deadly, German ignorance of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention: Thank you for the Interview.
April 1st, 2021: The international Broadcaster Deutsche Welle used its reach to generate more Awareness about German Femicide with a film clip and a live interview.
March 8th, 2021: For the theme day of Radio Lotte Weimar on the occasion of International Women’s Day, a qualified assessment and classification of German femicides was requested – again live:
February 15th, 2021: one day after the One Billion Rising-Day, Radio Dreylandeck takes a very comprehensive look at the topic of German Femicides – Credits to Heike Bischoff for the excellently prepared interview .
Interested in using the song „Silence is Violence„? Gladly, due to the data volume (11 minutes) please download it first.
February 1st, 2021:The legally binding entry into force of the Istanbul Convention marks the third anniversary for the Federal Republic of Germany. On this special date, a man shoots at his wife and sister-in-law in the middle of the city center of Wiesbaden, the capital of the German state of Hessen – the wife is killed, the sister-in-law is fatally injured by a bullet to the head. In response to this Femicide, the „Wiesbadener-Kurier“, VRM GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz, asked for an Interview: 20210204_Wiesbadener Kurier_Interview
January 20th, 2021: Evidence Based Femicide-Data of F.O.C.G. were published by the Office of the High Comissioner for Human Rights (United Nations)
November 18th, 2020: Invitation as Guest Speaker at the „Digital Femicide Symposium“ of the Independent Women’s Association Brandenburg an der Havel.November 11th, 2020: „Femicide – When men kill their partners“ an Interview for the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation Institution under public law, Frankfurt a.M.
November 6th, 2020: Invitation as an Expert „Stop Femicides – Effective against femicides in the European Union“ at the umbrella organization of migrant women DaMigra e.V., Berlin: Speaker and Co-Author of a list of demands to the German Government.
October 1st, 2020: Invitation as an active input provider at the Human Rights Film Festival in Berlin with a Break Out Session and as a Participant in the Panel Discussion „Best-Practices of Storytelling“
August 16th, 2020: Reportage and Quotations by Claudia Becker, Journalist of WELT, Domestic Policy Department: „When we talk about ‚family dramas‘, we trivialize these crimes“ Verlag Axel Springer SE, Berlin
August 1st, 2020: Request for a Political Statement on the mandate for action of the Federal Government of Germany for the zwd Media Group, Berlin : „The core mandate of the Istanbul Convention is not understood„.
March 8th, 2020: Protest Performance on the Rooftop of the German Parliament, the Reichstag covered by Henriette Voss „Femicide: Protest at the Reichstag„, EMMA Frauenverlags GmbH, Cologne
January 30st, 2020: The then parliamentarians Gabriela Heinrich and Josephine Ortleb, both members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), invited to a parliamentary breakfast in Berlin – unfortunately a single hour meeting did not do justice to the topic „Femicides are not ‚jealousy dramas‘! Unfortunately, a single hour meeting did not even begin to do justice to the complexity of German male violent excesses.