Centre for Global Development

Gender and Development

genderGender and Violence

Over the last decade, there has been growing media, academic and policy interest in relation to the surge in economic, social and criminal violence. Yet the debate tends to focus by default on young men and boys as the primary victims of these forms of violence.  Violence, however, does not occur in a male-only vacuum, but rather men and women are both actors and victims, perpetrators and defenders.

Dr Polly Wilding is a Lecturer in Gender and International Development at the School of Politics and International Studies. Her specific research interests lie in gender, violence and Latin America. The fact that women’s roles in all forms of violence is often overlooked, as well as the links between these forms of violence that dominate the public imagination, is an area of specific interest that Polly Wilding has explored in the context of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. She is currently interested in applying this work to other national contexts.

Sexual Violence in War and Peace

Dr Jelke Boesten at the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is currently working on a project about sexual violence in war and peace with the United States Institute of Peace USIP).  This project unpacks meanings of sexual violence at the interface of war and peace. Using the Peruvian conflict (1980-1995) as an example, she shows how the use of gendered political violence is reflected in ‘private’ and peacetime violence. The case study is situated in and compared to other cases of gender and state violence in Latin American and rape in war globally. For more information visit USIP.

Gender Issues in Latin America

Several members at the School of Politics and International Studies examine different gendered processes in Latin America. Dr Polly Wilding looks at the gendered aspects of young people’s involvement in violence in favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Dr Jelke Boesten looks at gender and social policy in Peru, and at gender-based violence in war and peace.

Currently, a collaborative project looking at comparative aspects of transformational justice in the South is in preparation, which will also contain a significant discussion of gendered aspects (see Global Justice and Development below).


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