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
December 16, 2014 | Africa, Americas, Asia, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, 2014 eNews, Egypt, India, Victories over Violence, Malaysia
Activists, researchers, and supporters from 40 countries took part in WLP’s 2nd global online event, “Exposing the Realities of Combatting Sexual Harassment: Activists from around the World Unite to Share their Stories,” on November 19, 2014.
November 28, 2014 | 2014 Events, 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Fear to Freedom, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women
As we begin the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, Women’s Learning Partnership is thrilled to invite you to join our free online interactive screenings of two short films on eliminating gender based violence globally.During the screenings, attendees are encouraged to share their thoughts and reactions via chat as they engage in a global discussion on gender based violence. (NOTE: This is a non-moderated, audience-centered event. Please engage respectfully.)
November 26, 2014 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Africa, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Morocco
Coinciding with the launch of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, on November 25, 2014, WLP/Morocco-Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) directed the following open letter to the Moroccan Prime Minister to express their concerns over the Moroccan government’s “foot dragging” over pending anti-violence against women (VAW) initiatives and legislation that would protect Moroccan women.
November 14, 2014 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, 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.
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