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The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

Alison Brysk

Published in print October 2018 | ISBN: 9780190901516
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190901554 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190901516.001.0001
The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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One out of three women in the world has suffered gender-based violence. Yet from #metoo to Malala to Maria da Penha, women are rising up and pushing back. The purpose of this book is to show how to transform fear to freedom through a combination of international action, legal reform, public policy, mobilization, and value transformation. The Struggle analyzes drivers of violence and strategies for resistance in the semi-liberal countries at the frontiers of globalization. These hot-spots of violence represent the highly unequal middle-income countries, with declining citizenship and surging social conflict that now host two-thirds of the world’s population. The book profiles struggles against femicide, rape, trafficking, and related abuses in Brazil, India, South Africa, Mexico, the Philippines, Egypt, and Turkey in detail, with contrast cases beyond. Using the dual lenses of human rights and feminist theory of “gender regimes,” the book argues that different repertoires of abuse require distinct dynamics of change. Thus, The Struggle profiles strategies for transforming gendered power relations through multi-level campaigns on access to law and impunity, rights-based public policy, promotion of women’s agency, transforming violent masculinity, and reproductive rights. This study of campaigns to end gender violence at the frontiers of globalization expands our understanding of human rights reform pathways worldwide, and the interdependence of women’s rights with all struggles for justice.

Keywords: human rights; gender violence; law; protest; public policy; norms; femicide; rape; globalization; trafficking

Book.  360 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations ; Political Economy

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Violence against Women in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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Constructing Human Rights in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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Acting Globally in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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Mobilization: Standing Up for Women’s Security in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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Freedom in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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The Right to Life in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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The Right to Bodily Integrity in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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Ending Impunity in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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Expanding Rights in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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Norm Change in The Struggle for Freedom from Fear

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