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Varieties of Patriarchy and Violence Against Women

Date of publication: 2017-08-27 18:52

When South Africa celebrated 75 years of democracy, the Heinrich Böll Foundation initiated a project that sought to bring a variety of actors from across sectors together to discuss to what extent womens rights and empowerment have been realized over these last two decades. From the conversations it was clear: while there had been vast advances,acts of violence against women in particular had not visibly decreased. This publication captures the conversations had  unpacks the many inter-related factors that continuously contribute to high levels of violence against women and hopes to contribute to more strategic and collaborative action against violence against women.


environmental leader, feminist and thinker from India. She is the author of many books, including Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. Her most recent book is Making Peace with the Earth.

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Culture is used to justify gender inequality and violence by evoking traditional cultural beliefs about how women should be treated. The defense of the culture of a place, country, religion, etc., is in fact a defense of the culture of patriarchy in that country, religion, identity and the culture of violence everywhere. The culture of patriarchy is not static: its manifestation on an army base differs from that in a rural town just as the culture of patriarchy in Chicago differs from that of Dubai, or Manila.

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Analyses of violence by men of color against women of color tend to over-emphasize how racial oppression contributes to men’s use of violence. But, within communities of color, women and non-abusive men who are exposed to similar social histories of oppression, do not resort to battering to cope with racism just as LGBTQ 6 women and men do not resort to hate crimes or intimate violence because of homophobia. While oppressions based on race, class, gender, heterosexuality, etc., are undeniable explanations relying on oppression are inadequate. Because the intersection of race and gender are complicated, race is all too often privileged over gender. Holding this and other intersectionalities together offers a more effective route to accountability and transformation.

AMY GOODMAN : Vandana Shiva, I was wondering if you can comment on this David-versus-Goliath case that the Supreme Court heard, the 75-year-old farmer from Indiana against Monsanto, the world 8767 s largest seed company. The dispute began when the soybean farmer Vernon Bowman bought and planted a mix of unmarked grain typically used for animal feed. Monsanto said their patented seed was there. He planted it. He violated their patents. They own something like 95 percent of soybeans in Indiana, containing the gene which allows it to survive when sprayed with the company 8767 s Roundup pesticide. Can you talk about the significance of this case, as you take on Monsanto in India and around the world, as well?

Of course, in the coastal Orissa, where three people have just been killed about four days ago, because Wall Street, which now owns this Korean steel plant, which is investing in India to create one of the biggest steel plants of the world, wants 9,555 acres. That 8767 s a war against the land and against the earth and against women. Soni Sori, a tribal woman, arrested, tortured, just because she was telling the world how there is a war going on in the heart of India, which has created a Naxalite movement. Thirty percent of India is not controlled by the government.

: Indian society, which considers only to be an act of violence, should consider stalking, marital acid attacks, and disrobing of women as acts of sexual assault, Vrinda Grover, a leading advocate in the Delhi High Court, said here on Friday.

Patriarchy is about the social relations of power between men and women, women and women, and men and men. It is a system for maintaining class, gender, racial, and heterosexual privilege and the status quo of power – relying both on crude forms of oppression, like violence and subtle ones, like laws to perpetuate inequality. Patriarchal beliefs of male, heterosexual dominance lie at the root of gender-based violence. Patriarchy is a structural force that influences power relations, whether they are abusive or not.

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