Karen Ingala Smith began counting Britain’s murdered women, putting their names on her own blog back in 2012. There were 126 women killed through male violence that year, 143 in 2013 and 150 in 2014. Last month, she launched the Femicide Census, which profiles women killed by men. Sarah Ditum writes, “The Femicide Census means that data from dozens of sources about the killings of women by men can finally be brought together.”
Ingala Smith wants individuals, institutions, and the media to start understanding that this kind of violence is not random but, rather, systemic and gendered.
She is the Chief Executive of nia, a London-based charity providing services for women and children who have experienced sexual and domestic violence. Ingala Smith blogs at kareningalasmith.com and tweets from @K_IngalaSmith and @CountDeadWomen.