Femicides: why do men kill?

Once considered an activism issue, femicide has now entered the mainstream vocabulary beyond feminist activist circles. According to a 2022 UN Women report, "violence against women and girls is one of the most common human rights abuses in the world". Indeed, every hour, more than five women or girls are murdered by someone close to them simply because they are women. These figures are only estimates, and the true scale of these crimes is possibly much greater. Why do men around the world continue to kill women? According to Argentinian-Brazilian theorist Rita Laura Segato, gender violence is the breeding ground for all other forms of violence. What is gender violence if not the last resort to regain a position of territorial domination and power over women's bodies?

Followed by a book signing by Christelle Taraud at the Festival café, in partnership with Payot Librairie.

Social issuesWomen*Justice

Saturday 11 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening

Followed by the debate "Feminicides: why do men kill?"

French / English

In partnership with BPEV - Canton de Genève, the Agenda 21 - Sustainable City Service and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung


Mutlu Kaya Protagonist of the film "My Name is Happy"

Rita Laura Segato Argentinean-Brazilian anthropologist and feminist

Christelle Taraud Historian and feminist, editor of the book "Féminicides - Une histoire mondiale"

Moderated by

Victoire Tuaillon Journalist Le Coeur sur La Table, Les Couilles sur La Table

To go further

Comprendre les chiffres pour mieux défendre les femmes et les enfants victimes de violences sexistes et sexuelles

Statistiques 2022 - France

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Compétition - Documentaire de création

My Name is Happy

By Ayşe Toprak & Nick Read

Mutlu, a Kurdish teenager from South East  Turkey, is destined for a career in music following her appearance on a televised singing competition. On the eve of the final, she is shot by a man she had rejected. Mutlu survives but with life-changing injuries. A few years later, while still recovering, she is affected by a new tragedy. "My Name is Happy" is an emotionally gripping film about a patriarchal Turkish society plagued by feminicide, from the point of view of the survivors and the women seeking justice.

  • Section Compétition - Documentaire de création
  • Original language(s) Turkish
  • Subtitle(s) English & French

ActivismFemmes*Middle East

Ayşe Toprak & Nick Read

World sales

  • Autlook Filmsales


  • October Films


  • Meryem Yavuz


  • Smith & Elms


  • Oguzhan Akalin


  • Anna Price
Production country
United Kingdom
Swiss Premiere