Earlier this year, I contributed a chapter on Indigenous women’s anti-violence strategies to a book called Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: The Intimate and The Extimate. In it, I used MADRE’s history of partnering with Indigenous women leaders to illustrate the strategies they have employed to counter violence against women. I wanted particularly to show that multiple levels of identity—like race and gender—intersect and create specific experiences of violence.
Margaret Nguko, a participant at a MADRE anti-violence training in Archer’s Post, Kenya put it well. She explained, “Because I am a woman, I don’t have a voice in my community. Because we are nomadic, we don’t have a voice in the government.”
Jennie Green, one of our close allies at the Center for Constitutional Rights, also contributed a chapter called “Litigating International Human Rights Claims of Sexual Violence in the US Courts,” and the preface is written by Charlotte Bunch, the Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, the lead organization for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
You can buy this book from its publisher here.
Previous entries in the 16 Days 16 Entries Series:
- Women’s Organizing in Colombia
- How Much is a Woman’s Life Worth?
- “One of the Worst Places in the World to Be a Woman”
- On World AIDS Day, Support the Full Range of Women's Human Rights
- Feminist Storytelling
- Defenders Protecting Human Rights with their Lives
- Zimbabwean Women Demand
- Violence against Indigenous Women
- Strange (and Dangerous) Bedfellows
- 16 Days, 16 Entries