Gender-based Violence

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Geraldine Terry, Joanna Hoare
Oxfam, 2007 - Social Science - 195 pages
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Gender-based violence affects every society in the world, and represents a significant impediment to development. Anyone can be a victim of violence on the grounds of their gender identity, but it is predominantly women and girls whose lives are limited by its effects. This volume explores and discusses the wide variety of forms that gender-based violence can take, including violence that occurs within marriage, during fuel collection and forced evictions, and at school, and the impact that this violence can have on the capacity of victims to support themselves and enjoy their full rights as human beings.

The authors also present examples of successful policy and advocacy responses, ranging from lobbying for better legal and police protection for victims, to working with men and boys to combat the underlying gender stereotypes and expectations which legitimize gender-based violence against women. Case studies are drawn from across the world, from Central America to Southeast Asia.

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Geraldine Terry is researching gendered responses to climate impact in Uganda. She is based at the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia and is affiliated to the Tyndall Centre for Research on Climate Change and the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Kampala. She is the author of Women's Rights, published by Pluto Press.

Joanna Hoare previously worked for Oxfam GB. She is now a freelance editor and writer on gender and development issues.

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