What Does VAW Mean?
- What are the implications (our actions, our understanding of the world, our
experience of gender) of violence against women and our awareness of
violence against women
- Historical Reflections
o Told to disciplined through the church, rape was not a crime against
the woman but to the father or owner of that woman (a theft)
- The Women’s Movement
o Victorian feminists, middle class women trstng to save working class nd
women. Women should be nurtured (1 wave), reemerges with 2
wave (voting), biological argument. Rape is a ‘biological practice’ of
men. Very white movement – projecting their analysis on everyone
else. 3 wave, social structure, patriarchal elements
Victimization of Women (Not women as ‘victims’)
- Women and men are victimized
- Gendering of nature and form of victimization
- What types of violence are women vulnerable to?
o Medical violence – abortion
- To what types of violence are particular populations of women vulnerable?
o Aboriginal vs. white gay vs. straight
- How can we understand this?
Canadian Women in Politics
- 50%+ of population
- Huge progress since 1921
- 24.6% MPs (38% NDP; 16% CP)
- 23% provincially
- Rate 44 in world behind Rwanda, Argentina, Japan, U.K, Russia
- Why are there so few women in politics?
o Women are still primary caregivers
o Single mothers outnumber single fathers
o Women are located in located in occupations where they cant take off
6 weeks to run campaigns
o Women make and have less money (7