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Violenceagainst Women


Violenceis a development issue because it tends to hinder the affectedregions from being in the same level with other areas. For example,as a result of the high prevalence of maltreatment against women inplaces such as Latin America and Africa, there is an equivalently lowrate of economic development. In this view, the far reaching effectsof violence affect not only the survivors, but also their familiesand the society as a whole. Violence is gendered because incidents ofviolence are predominantly targeted towards women with the majorityof perpetrators being men. Violent attacks on women are usuallymotivated by revenge, aggression, competition, jealousy and arenormally sexual on most occasions.


Becauseviolence against women stems from gender based stereotypes anddiscrimination, the most effective efforts to curb such violence needto be response services for the victims. In addition, addressing theroot causes of such violence is the best way of preventing such casesfrom happening. For example, involving men in fighting violenceagainst women should begin early in life. Educating young boys on howto best treat girls and upholding respectful coexistence are some ofthe ways to encourage males to treat the female gender better. It isduring their youth that boys develop norms and values regardinggender equality. Therefore, this is the best moment to teach themwhat is right. Furthermore, allowing men to work with women could beof help in the acceleration of progress in curbing gender-basedviolence. Giving women equal responsibilities at work placeschallenge men’s deeply rooted contempt towards equality. Men mightbegin to change their ways of thinking by viewing women asintellectual equals.


Effortsof involving men in curbing violence have been unfruitful mainlybecause the approaches being used in involving men are not focused onthe root causes of gender violence. In addition, men who are involvedin the prevention of violence have reported that most of the programsare meant to empower and make women forget their social roles. It isan aspect that causes fear upon the male gender. Apart from strongbeliefs in inequality norms, other neglected catalysts to violencefrom men include self-esteem issues, use of alcohol and drugs, and acombination of the three. Therefore, for men to be able to help incombating gender-based violence, situations that enable them tobecome perpetrators should be curbed.


Thekey socioeconomic factor that shapes the frequency and instances ofgendered violence is employment that targets men. Even though casesof gender-based violence occur across all income brackets, itsprevalence is more manifest among women in the lower income bracket.Educated women, who have a steady flow of income, have been seen tobe less prone to violence instances. The issue of employment isequally a cultural factor because it has become an aspect of manysocieties. For instance, in the United States, African American womenhave been reported to experience higher rates of violence. The rateis 33 percent greater than the case of white women. The genderedviolence is shaped by challenging gender, race, class, colonialstereotypes in that, within settings where men feel that theirmasculinity is being threatened, they fight to maintain control andpower.


Theissues that lead to gender-based violence are related. For example,race can sometimes be connected to the norms accepted in one’scommunity together with the notion of linking masculinity toaggression. The issue of race is also linked to acceptance ofviolence as a method of solving conflicts. Also, lower socioeconomicperformance leads to low chances of employment. The implication isthat only those who are qualified get the few availableopportunities. It becomes an accelerating factor for violence whenwomen succeed in securing these jobs instead of men.