The Politics of Combatting Violence Against Women

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Gender based violence is one of the main social forces producing and reproducing gender inequality. Brought to international and national policy agendas by feminist movements it has lately become a core policy issue discussed not just in the framework of gender equality but related to policies on human rights, crime prevention, child protection, health, development, cross border migration and trafficking and conflict and post conflict intervention. This course aims to look at policies on gender based violence and politics around it through understanding the main challenges of framing it as a policy issue. The course will aim to understand policy contestation of meanings of gender based violence, alternative approaches to it and examine currently existing state responses and international norms and standards set by different international human rights bodies. The course will pay particular attention to some specific forms of gender based violence such as domestic violence, rape, harmful traditional practices, trafficking, sexual harassment, cyber violence and violence in conflict and post conflict situations.

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The course will sensitize students interested in issues and debates related to different forms of violence against women pertinent to most developed and new democracies and societies in transformation. Due to the nature of the topic, the course will invite students to develop their skills of critical thinking by understanding major political, legal and policy debates and actors that shape considerations on combating violence against women via examining international norms and domestic policies. The teaching method will ensure that students have to regularly synthesize different pieces of knowledge including theoretical, policy and legal texts, to critically evaluate the differences and overlaps of arguments, to do targeted small inquiries for relevant policy cases, to summarize and present arguments to their colleagues and to develop their academic writing skills. 

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