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"Femicide" is defined by each country according to the country's criminal code. However, there is a growing tendency by member states to consider and adopt as much as possible the following definition of Femicide as “the violent death of women based on gender, whether it occurs within the family, a domestic partnership, or any other interpersonal relationship; in the community, by any person, or when it is perpetrated or tolerated by the state or its agents, by action or omission”.

[Source of the referred definition: Declaration on Femicide adopted at the Fourth Meeting of the Committee of Experts (CEVI) of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), Art.2. OAS, Washington D.C., 15 August, 2008. Web: