Why does Gender-Based Violence happen and how do we end it?
Root Causes & the Importance of Equity
Violence Against Women: An Old Story
Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence are tied to patriarchy and gender inequality. It happens to women and feminized people from all walks of life.
Other systemic root causes put some some groups at increased risk, including Indigenous women, racialized women, migrant women, rural women, women living with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons and more.
There is no ‘quick fix’ to gender-based violence – which is why it’s been a pandemic for centuries. To truly end gender-based violence, we must zoom out and address societal power imbalances and inequities.
Gender-based violence is a result of extreme inequities that intersect with different identities.
While all women can experience violence, it is important to understand how systemic oppressions make certain women especially at risk.
Women and girls living at the intersections of gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation and more, experience the highest rates of violence, including Indigenous women, racialized women, migrant and refugee women, women living with disabilities, the Girl Child and more. People who identify as trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit also experience high rates of violence. Intersectionality matters.
More examples of intersectionality and gender-based violence
Why is Violence Against Women
How are we still here?
In societies across the globe, women, girls and gender diverse people continue to face violence and exploitation at pandemic rates. Marginalized and racialized women and girls experience added layers of discrimination and barriers to support.
Patriarchy, gender inequality, colonialism, systemic racism, and other root causes create environments where women, girls and gender diverse people are vulnerable to violence. Those same root causes also create cultures and societies that normalize and accept violence against women.
How do we end the violence for good?
Education that addresses the root causes of gender-based violence is the key to eradicating violence against women in Canada and beyond.
- Education that advances equality and equity.
- Education that challenges racism and colonialsm.
- Education that challenges partiarchal views of women and men.
- Education that calls upon men to be a part of the change.
- Education that condemns the normalization of and silence around gender-based violence.
- Education that promotes the empowerment of all people, no matter who they are, what they look like, or what their abilities are.
- Education that starts from a young age – from birth!
And although we might not be able to ‘see’ that education working in real-time…it is right. The ripple effects will be seen for generations to come.