Different but not divided-Womens percepectives on intersectionality : APWLD 2010 asia pacific awa consultation
Violence and discrimination against women continues with impunity in many parts of the region and continues to be one of the most visible manifestations of the unequal and unjust power relations between men and women in our societies. There are clear linkages between violence and other violations of basic rights. Women and girls who experience violence are often less able to realise their other human rights that cover a range of political, economic and social rights, such as participation and inclusion in decision making, employment, education, sexual rights and reproductive health rights among others. We believe violence is structural – it is both caused by and enables structural inequalities. When patriarchy fuses with militarisation, fundamentalisms and neo-liberal economics violence is enabled and heightened. As early as 1997, APWLD exposed violence and sexual violence in areas with heightened military presence and conflict. We called for compensation for victims of VAW and human rights abuse in situations of war, issues which are still current today. Fundamentalisms continue to express themselves most vehmently on women’s bodies. Economic policies that force women into dangerous migratory patterns, unregulated labour and increase poverty expose women to further violence. We continue to dissect the structural causes of violence and advocate for systemic change.
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