1st Edition

Gender-Based Violence in the Global South Ideologies, Resistances, Responses, and Transformations

Edited By Ramona Biholar, Dacia L. Leslie Copyright 2024
    310 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book amplifies the different voices and experiences of those facing gender-based violence (GBV) in the Global South. It explores the localised ways in which marginalised individuals design modes of coping with and address GBV, including cultural interpretations, and artistic and faith-based expressions.

    The book examines GBV triggers, prevalence, and societal impacts while referring to community, national, and regional mobilisation to deal with the phenomenon in its various manifestations, including physical, psychological, political, domestic, and public violence. It explores issues related to women’s negotiations with the patriarchal underpinnings of GBV; the role of the law and history in the perpetuation of GBV; the complementary role of culture and faith to legal protection against GBV, and access to justice for women and girls. In doing so, the book exposes understandings and expressions of GBV, as well as methodologies and indigenous initiatives to prevent it through local viable solutions. The book thus challenges the normalisation of GBV in the Global South.

    Providing concrete and culturally relevant suggestions for challenging ingrained models of gender understandings of violence in the Global South, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of Development Studies, Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, Violence and Abuse Studies, Human Rights, Criminal Law, and Socio-Legal Studies.

    1. Explorations of Gender-Based Violence in the Global South: Introduction
    Ramona Biholar

    Part I: Constructions of Masculinity and the Perpetration of Gender-Based Violence

    2. Stories of Masculinity and Violence of Male Homicide Perpetrators in Argentina
    Martín Hernán Di Marco

    3. Constructing South African Juvenile Sexual Offenders: An Analysis of How Juvenile Sexual Offences are Shaped by Sexual Violence and Childhood Discourses
    Zamakhoza Khoza and Kwanele Masuku  

    Part II: Artistic Interpretations of Gender-Based Violence Victimisation and Perpetration 

    4. The Don as Pawn: Violence and Women’s Patriarchal Bargain in King of Boys
    Omotayo Omitola


    5. ‘Written Warnings’: Literary Representations of Caribbean Female Experiences with Gender-Based Violence in Anglophone Caribbean Female-Authored Poetry
    Aisha T. Spencer


    Part III: State Responses to Women’s Resistance and Mobilisation Against Gender-Based Violence

    6. Between Shutdown and Lockdown ─ Defeating Gender-Based Violence: Lessons from South Africa
    Shamiso Philomina Zinzombe 

    7. Resistance to Political Violence against Women in Turkey: The Istanbul Convention Saves Lives
    Halil Ibraim Bahar

    Part IV: Legal and Policy Mechanisms to Address Gender-Based Violence and Ensure Access to Justice

    8. Protection and Access to Justice of Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Mexico: An Institutional Critique
    Sonia M. Frías

    9. Brazilian Responses to Gender-Based Violence in a Global Perspective: Designing Intersectional Policies to Protect and Empower Women and Girls
    Ana Paula Antunes Martins and Thiago Gehre Galvao 

    10. Intimate Partner Violence and its Effects on Women’s Health in Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname: The Mitigating Role of Educational Attainment and Socioeconomic Status
    Randy Seepersad, Corin Bailey, Linda Mohammed and Michelle Thomas

    Part V: Engaging Cultural and Religious Values for Meaningful Social Transformations and Institutional Frameworks to Address Gender-Based Violence

    11. From Act to Action:  Engaging with Culture and Faith to End Domestic Violence in the Pacific
    Neomai Maravuakula and Jayshree Mangubhai 

    12. Gender and Enforcement: The Worldviews of VAWC Desk Officers as Frontline Service Providers in the Anti-Violence Against Women Campaign in the Philippines
    Ma. Aurora Lolita Liwag-Lomibao 

    13. Conclusion ─ Gender-Based Violence in the Global South: Triggers, Prevalence, Societal Impacts, and Future Direction
    Dacia L. Leslie


    Ramona Biholar is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Her teaching, research, and publications intersect in the areas of international human rights law, gender and the law, the right to development, and Caribbean reparations. She has over ten years of experience in government and civil society human rights capacity building.

    Dacia L. Leslie has researched and published widely in the last six years on tertiary crime prevention and social justice. She is the 2022 UWI Mona/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award recipient, a Commonwealth Scholar, Canada-CARICOM Scholar, and a Research Associate of the Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island.

    Despite decades of women’s movement campaigning, legislative change and responses from states and International human rights bodies, gender-based violence, continues to be a resistant global challenge. In Gender-Based Violence in the Global South: Ideologies, Resistances, Responses, and Transformations, Biholar and Leslie examine this complex social and gendered phenomena drawing on a wide range of comparative and diverse analyses from the Global South, to produce a rich collection that is globally relevant, shedding new light on a persistent challenge.

    Rhoda Reddock, Professor Emerita, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus


    This collection from the Global South tackles the epidemic of gender-based violence, addressing structural constraints while crucially inviting us to connect specific and determined efforts to challenge the status quo.  An urgent and necessary contribution.

    Alissa Trotz, Professor, Caribbean Studies and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

    The authors are to be commended for their insightful examination of such an important global social issue. The book comprehensively interrogates gendered violence affecting women and men. It provides a roadmap for advocates, communities, and policymakers to effectively address gendered violence. This book is a must-read!

    Aldrie Henry-Lee, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies & Research, The University of the West Indies and One UWI Gender Equity and Justice Coordinator

    An invaluable resource for practitioners and professionals, providing a prism for exploring gendered violence across the particular contexts of the Global South. Its chapters analyse power, intersectionality, gendered notions of victim, survivor and perpetrator, masculinities, juvenile offenders, resistance, culture, faith, and institutional mechanisms, all of which constitute structures and systems that reproduce violence in the Global South.

    Hilary Gbedemah, Former Chair, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

    Each of the selected works allows us to hear the voices of women from the Global South, their struggles, and learnings. A careful edition that presents both national and regional perspectives, as well as different strategies and sensitivities to confront the phenomenon of GBV.

    Marcela Huaita, Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI/OAS Committee of Experts)