BRUSSEL - These women weren’t leading  the same battles, walking in the same streets or speaking in the same forums. Yet they were all victims of the same crime:  political feminicide.

These gender-based political assassinations are invisible crimes. They consist of killing women, both for the cause they are fighting for, and because they are women.

“Femmes à abattre” is the first journalistic investigation that has ever looked into these sexist crimes perpetrated all over the world. We’ve gathered hundreds of texts, images and data in order to build a collective work that will help identifying the specific threats that women human rights activists are facing, and the mechanism of impunity that surrounds them.

Political feminicides are like “cluster bombs”. By committing these murders, perpetrators manage to silence the women who dared taking up the public voice. At the same time, they hang a sword of Damocles above the head of their successors, those who aim to take over their battle.

While women activists are more numerous than ever, it is urgent to document these crimes. This way, states, institutions and NGOs will provide better support to today’s and tomorrow’s activists. 

Juliette Robert

Is a photojournalist since 2008. She joined Youpress, and is a member of Haytham Pictures agency since 2013.

Hélène Molinari

Hélène Molinari is a freelance journalist. She started her career in Belgium in 2012 working for the satirical and local newspaper Le Poiscaille (Liège) or the magazine C4 which both don’t exist anymore.

Sophie Boutboul

Sophie Boutboul is a member of the freelance journalists collective Youpress. Their latest collective investigative project is the international investigation Femmes à abattre, on "political feminicides", the gender-based political assassinations of…

Rouguyata Sall

Rouguyata Sall is journalist and works on social, gender and work inequalities. Engineer in biology in food industry, she’s also interested in scientific topics such as Covid-19 for Mediapart.

David Breger

David Breger is a member and cofounder of the freelance journalists collective Youpress.

Delphine Bauer

Delphine Bauer has been a freelance journalist for the last 15 years. She's a part of the journalists collective Youpress.

Leïla Miñano

Leïla Miñano is an investigative journalist, she has taken her notebooks from Haiti to the North Pole, via Bangkok and Peru. She has covered the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, and Syria.
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