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Title: Violence against Women
Authors: Asamoah-Hassan, Helena R.
Issue Date: 27-Mar-1997
Abstract: An act of violence is the use of coercive forms of power. It is used to compel someone to do something which he or she under normal circumstance will not do. Therefore violence against women is a method used by males to ensure that women are subordinated to them. The UN General Assembly’s Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defined gender violence as “ any act of 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 liberty, whether occuring in public or private life” Another definition of gender violence is “ any act of verbal or physical force,coercion or life threatening deprivation, directed at an individual woman or girl, that causes physical or psychological harm, humiliation or arbitrary deprivation of liberty and that perpetuates female subordination”. This last definition by women’s rights advocates and analysts is an attempt to include laws policies and structural inequalities that could be considered as violent, which were not covered by the UN definition.
Description: Paper presented at a Gender and Development Workshop organised by the Ashanti Region PPAG from 24th -26th March, 1997
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4186
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