Intersectional Analysis On Domestic Violence

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Response Paper #2 – Intersectional Analysis: Global Perspective of Women and Children’s Experiences of Interpersonal or Domestic Violence

In 2016, the World Health Organization published an updated Global Plan of Action enhancing the goals and objectives from previous plans relating to the continued physical and sexual violence against women and children globally. The report covers topics on courses of action for the adaptation and expectations at a regional and national level to combat the continued threat on women, children and the elderly. The report explains the magnitude of the issues to include health consequences, risk and protective factors relating to violence against women, children and the elderly. The World Health Organization
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The course text book cites an example that provides insight into the gender roles on page 34, it is the masculine god language. I pick this example based on the global initiative of the report. Religion and cultural beliefs are definitely a contributing factor to views on the role of women and children. “Women should keep silence I churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says” (1 Cor. 14:34) taken from an example on page 34, in the textbook. This is just an illustration of how some religions or even societies value women or more appropriately don’t value women. Another factor in the issue of violence towards women, children and the elderly is the worldwide rape culture in our society. The textbook quotes Lynn Phillips, a lecturer in Communication at UMass Amherst defines rape culture as; “a culture in which dominant cultural ideologies, media images, social practices, and societal institutions support and condone sexual abuse by normalizing, trivializing and eroticizing male violence against women and blaming victims for their own behavior”, page 41. This historic way of thinking has made gender equality a …show more content…
The following are just a few examples, violence by intimate partners, acquaintances rape, trafficking, femicide, acid throwing, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, early child forced marriage (on the rise), and physical abuse. The plan attempts to address these serious issues and has strived to implement policies to deter and prevent the pattern of interpersonal violence. The World Health Organization has done a tremendous amount of good in the fact that it now globally acknowledges the issue and has formed alliances to combat the issue. Policies found in Section 2 of the plan lay out the vision, goal and objectives, however much of the plan for timelines reads TBA, which is ” to be determined”. One policy that shows promise is the directive to strengthen health systems and governance. Creating health systems along with legal and health policy will led to laws and then consequences to breaking the laws. I believe this will led towards gender equality and promote a healthy environment for all our

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