The Importance of Recognising the Murder of Women as a Hate Crime



A leading cause of premature death for women around the world is men, but there is hesitation to acknowledge this fact. Meet the women fighting to get femicide victims the attention they deserve.

Samantha Sykes was 18 when she was lured to the West Yorkshire flat of her friend’s ex-boyfriend, who stabbed both her and her friend’s younger sister to death.

The incident, which occurred back in 2012, was the source of much media interest at the timeā€”not least because the perpetrator was an Afghan asylum seeker. But the victims are just two among the almost 1,000 women killed by men in England and Wales since 2009, whose murders have gone largely unreported.

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