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Gendered Perspectives on International Development at Michigan State University published a new working paper collection #304, “Anthropological Approaches to Gender-based Violence and Human Rights.” The collection features a paper authored by IRH’s Rebecka Lundgren and Melissa K. Adams on research data from the Gender Roles, Equality and Transformations (GREAT) Project in northern Uganda called Safe Passages: Building on Cultural Traditions to Prevent Gender-Based Violence throughout the Life Course.

The full collection examines diverse experiences of (and forms of resistance to) gender-based violence and oppression with vivid examples from Belize, Brazil, Uganda, and the US-Mexico border.  The authors pair ethnographic description with analyses of the structural conditions, cultural norms, and social inequalities that shape gendered oppression. The discussion also addresses the issue of advocacy in relation to research with victims of gender-based violence, and the potential role of researchers.

Full Contents:

Introduction: Anthropological Approaches to Gender-Based Violence By Sheila Dauer, Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School for Public Engagement

An Analysis of the Collaborative Endeavors to Lessen Gender-Based Intimate Partner Violence in Cayo, Belize, and a Case for Anthropological Engagement By Melissa A. Beske, Tulane University

Particularizing Universals/Universalizing Particulars: A Comprehensive Approach to Trafficking in Indigenous Women and Girls in the Northwest Amazon of Brazil By Janet Chernela, University of Maryland

Safe Passages: Building on Cultural Traditions to Prevent Gender-Based Violence throughout the Life Course By Rebecka Lundgren and Melissa K. Adams, Georgetown University

A Dreadful Mosaic: Rethinking Gender Violence through the Lives of Indigenous Women Migrants By Shannon Speed, University of Texas at Austin

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Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers are free, article-length manuscripts by scholars from a broad range of disciplines that contribute new understandings of women’s and men’s roles and gender relations amidst economic, social, and political change. GPID cross-cuts disciplines, bringing together research, critical analyses, and proposals for change. Individual papers in the series address a range of topics, such as gender, violence, and human rights; gender and agriculture; reproductive health and healthcare; gender and social movements; masculinities and development; and the gendered division of labor.