Victories over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls - A Practitioner's Manual

Violence against women and girls is both a global and local societal ill-- global because its perpetrators and victims are in every corner of the world, and local because its forms differ from one place to the next depending on specific cultural, political, and socio-economic circumstances.

Authors: Mahnaz Afkhami, Haleh Vaziri

Whatever the form of abuse and the analysis of its causes, the defining feature of violence against women is the perpetrators’ goal of controlling women and girls. This control entails the imposition of certain gender roles on females, restrictions on women’s and girls’ physical movements and even efforts to own their bodies as property.

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Victories over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls is a practitioners' manual, comprised of 16 sessions which unfold in a progression—moving from violence at home or in the private sphere, to the community or public space, to the transnational and international arenas. Case studies in each session are drawn from actual events and feature stories set in societies as diverse as Haiti, Malaysia, Nepal, and the United States. This enables the facilitator and participants to explore the linkages between violence in these three realms—the private, public and global—while underscoring the point that gender-based human rights violations are ubiquitous and defy cultural, economic, ethnic, political, religious and other divisions.

Within each session, the case study serves to spark conversation about the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls, the choices that victims make to survive and re-build their lives, as well as the measures practitioners take in addressing these human rights violations. Following the case studies are “questions for discussion,” and all but the last two sessions feature learning exercises.

The resulting dialogue allows the participants to identify and prioritize their concerns and to recognize obstacles as they strive to prevent violence and to vindicate the human rights of those victimized by it.

Alerts & Updates
November 14, 2014 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violenc, Coalition of the Feminist Spring for Democracy and Equality, Human Rights, Legislation, Middle East, Press, protest, Spring of Dignity Coalition, Stop Violence Against Women, World Human Rights Forum, Morocco
Rabat - On November 5, 2014, the Spring of Dignity Coalition, a joint women’s rights initiative of several progressive Moroccan organizations including WLP Morocco/L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), called a press conference to issue a statement regarding the continued stalling of anti-violence against women (VAW) legislation, and to announce their intention to hold a protest march on that issue in December 2014.
November 6, 2014 | Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Jordan
WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) held two seminars on the topic of violence against women on October 14th and October 21st in the Jordanian cities of Dhullail and Russeifa. A total of 69 women attended the seminars, including some who were refugees from Syria. The seminars, entitled “Women, Violence, and the Law” and led by Jordanian lawyer and activist Alaa Khasawneh, are part of an ongoing SIGI/J project begun in 2012, which targets local women as well as Syrian refugees.
October 31, 2014 | 2014 Events, Stop Violence Against Women, ICT for Social Change, Egypt, India, Malaysia
 Join Women’s Learning Partnership in a live global online discussion, "Exposing the Realities of Combatting Sexual Harassment." WLP presents four activists from India, Egypt, Malaysia, and the United States to expose the impact of sexual harassment on women in their countries and to share the challenges and breakthroughs they have experienced in building safer societies for women through art, public protests, journalism and advocacy campaigns.
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