Gender & Violence Lecture

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WGS: Gender and Violence
x Intersectionality and Gender Violence
x Violence, Colonialism and Genocide
x Individual and Structural Forms of violence
x Responses to Gender Violence
x Thomas fuller:
x In medieval times a husbands duty to punish his wife
x Historical anecdotes tell us violence against women has a long history and that it is not
contemporary, structural violence, built into our institution
x Key themes: to understand violence we have to do much more than think about gender relation
and patriarchy to understand gender violence
x Women of colour treated less fairly, men of colour more likely to be charged than white men for
abuse.
x Unsafe for women of colour to report violence in marriage because of racism, complex dynamic
x Justice system makes it difficult for coloured women to report incidents of abuse
x Reasons that women of colour might be less likely to report violenceÆlanguage, financial,
sponsored, isolated, not accessible service, no knowledge of rights
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violence, epidemic in girl violence.
x Ignored the fact that a man was involved, situates perpetrators as victims, no race analysis
x Racism was a factor because the girls burned a cigarette on her forehead trying to make the
hindu tradition of something on their forehead
x Did not target the source of the problem which was racism
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women in political context
x Andrea Smith: ÆThe social and economic marginalization of indigenous women along with a
history of government policies that have torn apart indigenous families and communities had
pushed a disproportionate number of Indigenous women into dangerous situations that include
extreme poverty, homelessness and prostitution
x Highway of tears: a lot of aboriginal have gone missing
x Walk of justice: activists cross country trek for missing women Activists start cross country trek
for missing women
x Key points in walk bring attention that government paying less attention to these murders,
racism built in the system
x ^ People went from Vancouver to Ottawa, and stopped in twenty cities to raise awareness
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and date rape, cultural violence, sexual harassment, medical violence, massacred and terrorism
x Medical Violence: in some cases women are forced sterilized, push for nationalism abortion is
illegal, necessary to reproduce, abortion of female fetus because male children are preferred
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N historical anecdotes tell us violence against women has a long history and that it is not. In medieval times a husbands duty to punish his wife contemporary, structural violence, built into our institution. N key themes: to understand violence we have to do much more than think about gender relation and patriarchy to understand gender violence. N women of colour treated less fairly, men of colour more likely to be charged than white men for abuse. N unsafe for women of colour to report violence in marriage because of racism, complex dynamic. N reasons that women of colour might be less likely to report violencelanguage, financial, Justice system makes it difficult for coloured women to report incidents of abuse sponsored, isolated, not accessible service, no knowledge of rights. N reena virk: murdered bullied7l kl l zsuffered racism, taken up as act of girl violence, epidemic in girl violence.

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