Sunday, August 14, 2022

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Women Resisting Violence

Women Resisting Gendered and Intersectional Violence

Overview

Latin America has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence and femicide in the world. This incidence has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, with governments and civil society recognising the urgency of addressing the phenomenon. While there is much research on the nature and causes of such violence, there is little exploration of projects that address this violence.

In response, LAB council members Marilyn Thomson and Louise Morris and academics at King’s College, Professors Cathy McIlwaine and Jelke Boesten, launched a new project with international researcher on gender equality, Patricia Muñoz Cabrera, to explore and celebrate grassroots campaigns and organisations that counter violence against women and girls in Latin America — in a podcast series, website, workshop and book.

The project foregrounds the voices of women who have both suffered violence and who are building campaigns and initiatives to fight against gender violence from the grassroots up. Examples of their work are celebrated and held up as case studies in order to positively influence broader policies around violence against women, both within and beyond Latin America.

Given that existing empirical evidence from Latin America demonstrates the intersection of gender-based violence against women and girls with many other forms of violence, this project keeps an intersectional perspective on the issues which organisations tackle, and the ways that they succeed.

“Our ultimate aim for this project is to contribute to policy change around mitigating intersectional gendered violence against women and girls. We are incredibly excited and honoured to share these women’s experiences and teachings with you.”

From the blog

Understanding violence against women and girls in Brazil

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Whilst Brazil is deemed one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world, the rate of violent deaths in the country has decreased over recent years. Despite this, women and other gender and sexual minorities remain at greater risk of experiencing violence. 

The shocking impact of abortion prosecutions in Ecuador

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Human Rights Watch has found that Ecuador’s criminalisation of abortion violates human rights and discriminates against Black and Indigenous people.

Colombia: representing women victims of the armed conflict

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By comparing the discourse of a Colombian broadsheet and a pacifist feminist organisation, Isabelle Gribomont demonstrates how language can impact the ways victims are understood and treated in a (post-)conflict society.

Organisations | Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)

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Founded in 1983, The Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) is a feminist human rights organisation, run by and for Latin American women living in the UK. 

Organisations | 8 Tijax, Guatemala

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The collective 8 Tijax was formed in 2017 in Guatemala in response to a massacre at the Virgen de la Asunción Children’s home. 8 Tijax is a group of volunteers who work with the families of victims and survivors and support their campaigns for justice in the courts.

Organisations | Redes da Maré and Casa das Mulheres, Rio de...

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Redes da Maré (Networks of Maré) is a civil society organisation situated in the poor neighbourhood of Maré in Rio de Janeiro, which comprises 16 favelas with over 140,000 residents.

Some of the News items on this site are articles and blog posts published by Latin America Bureau (LAB) on their website, and are reproduced here for their interest and relevance to the Women Resisting Violence project.


  • Women Resisting Violence is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account held at King’s College London, with additional support from the National Lottery Community Fund.
  • The research conducted in Rio de Janeiro and among Brazilian migrant women in London is funded by the ESRC and Newton Fund under grant ES/N013247/1 and by the British Academy and the Global Challenges Research Fund under grant HDV190030.
  • The project with Step Up Migrant Women is funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation via the Latin American Women’s Rights Service with King’s College London.

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