Violence against women While the societies we live in are shaped by various forms of oppression, and while our struggles are diverse, the goal of ending violence against women is global. Violence is an exploitation of inequalities in power and an expression of oppression. International solidarity is crucial in stopping violence against women in each of our countries.
A broad concept of violence against women allows us to denounce the many ways in which it is perpetrated against women in times of conflict and peace. This concept includes physical and sexual violence, political exclusion, economic marginalization, and states’ role in orchestrating or in being complicit with this violence. Many of our counterparts around the world are documenting and exposing violence perpetrated by armed actors, past and present; they are providing counselling and other services for survivors of violence; they are advocating at the local, national, and international levels that violence against women in any form is unacceptable, and that power structures must be fundamentally transformed in order that everyone achieve their full human potential.
Inter Pares does not see women as a special category; rather, we bring a feminist perspective and approach to all of our work. In our work on violence against women, women’s health, and women’s rights, we aim to address the causes of violence against women as well as its consequences. Although individuals are the agents of violence, the root of violence is a social order that devalues and disenfranchises women. This view invites each one of us to reflect on how we can end violence against women and promote women’s equality.
Inter Pares and our counterparts engage in the struggle to create conditions under which women can exercise their autonomy and freedom: to choose how and with whom to live their lives; to choose if and when they have children; to choose their livelihoods; to exercise their political agency; and to control their own destinies and futures free from coercion.
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