Gender Based Violence Against Women Essay

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No two societies are the same, but all of them include violence against women. The book, Forsaken Females by A. Parrot and N. Cumming, gives important insight and a new understanding of the global brutalization of women. Violence against women can be defined as “any gender based violence that results in, or is likely to result, in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivations of such liberty, whether occurring in public or private life” (Parrot & Cummins, page 10). Acts such as genital mutilation and sexual slavery are happening world wide, even here in the United States. Problems within social structure result in violence against women worldwide. Gender based violence will continue to be an issue until a complete restoration of social structure occurs. In order to change, we must start with educating people on the topic of VAW. In America, girls and women are continuously told to stay safe, not walk alone and are encouraged to carry pepper spray with them. We are told this because of how our society is, and what it accepts. Violence against women is a socio-structural problem and always has to do with social structure. This is shown through the fact that developing countries, which have greater acceptance within their societies, have less gender violence than underdeveloped countries. Women are portrayed as less than men, society teaches boys that they are powerful and girls that they are
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