Does labelling a sexist action as violence against women undermines the fight against violence against women?

Scientific evidence platform Under review Does labelling a sexist action as violence against women undermines the fight against violence against women?



Violence against women is defined by the United Nations in the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. (A/RES/48/104) as:
“Article 2.- Violence against women shall be understood to encompass, but not
be limited to, the following:
(a) Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital
mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation;
(b) Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring within the general community, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere, trafficking in women and forced prostitution;
(c) Physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State, wherever it occurs.”

In today’s society, words such as “compliments”, “micro-sexism / soft sexism” or “micro-aggressions” are used to signal that it is gender-based violence.

However, these words do not appear in the UN definition and are not linked to gender-based violence in current scientific articles. So using these words can mislead the public and hinder the work being done to eradicate gender-based violence.


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Gontzal Uriarte

Cuando un chico tiene un comportamiento caballeroso dejando pasar primero a las mujeres, acomodándolas en la silla, tener una actitud protectora con ellas o vestir a un recien nacido de azul cuando es niño, etc se puede decir que es un comportamiento sexista pero este comportamiento está muy alejado de definirse como violéncia.

Estoy deacuerdo con la afirmación. Decir que sexismo es violencia debilita la conciencia sobre lo que es violencia y por tanto la lucha contra esta.

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