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Tip sheet explores how gender-based violence, sexual harassment and everyday sexism are related

Adriana Leigh G.
Posted October 10, 2021 from Canada
Expires on December 30, 2021

Hello all,

This tip sheet explores how gender-based violence, sexual harassment and everyday sexism are related, and discusses potential actions for a holistic approach to building gender equality. Working on issues of sexual harassment, and seeing posts from sisters on here, I am reminded of a quote from a World Pulse sister, that in feminist spaces, we are all survivors. We do not make a hierarchy of oppression ("oppression olympics"), which violations are to be taken seriously or not. Together, we can acknowledge that everyday sexism, sexual harassment, in words and actions, and gender-based violence all share a root cause — gender inequality and the oppression of women and girls. This tip sheet is empowering and useful to all those working on connecting the dots between manifestations of sexual harassment, and everyday sexism (for example in the subway or the street), and other forms of gender-based violence. We are connected, we are powerful!

Key points
• Everyday sexism, sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV)
all share a root cause — gender inequality and the oppression of women and girls.
• Feminist movements and women’s collective voices show that women across the
world experience multiple forms of violence throughout their lives.
• Distinguishing different forms of GBV as ‘more serious’ than others ignores how
patriarchy and gender inequality create a culture in which violence against women
and girls is accepted and normalised.

The Coalition of Feminists for Social Change (COFEM), created in 2017 to reassert a feminist perspective in violence against women and girls (VAWG) work, is a collective of activists, academics, and practitioners working globally to end VAWG. This Tip Sheet is part of the COFEM Feminist Pocketbook.
Links: https://cofemsocialchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TS3-Connecting-...

For access to the full Pocketbook, go to: https://cofemsocialchange.org/feminist-pocketbook/

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Jill Langhus
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hi Adriana,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing! There's definitely a lot of cross over here.

Adriana Leigh G.
7:53am
7:53am

Hi dear, I am doing well - feeling very aligned right now with the direction of this post - as I work in new areas I see the need for us to recognize the links between our experiences, sending big hugs from Maya and I from Montreal,
Adriana

Jill Langhus
8:41am
8:41am

Great to hear, dear:-) Yes! You’re so smart. Like how most trafficked survivors have experienced child abuse, and it’s almost invariably a knock-on affect. Hope you have a good one. Xx

Adriana Leigh G.
8:52am
8:52am

Ooooh yes, totally, and how those of us who have experienced abuse as children may also experience abuse in romantic relationships, and power can come from seeing the links. I have been learning more about approaches to GBV that see how girls and women are at risk of different forms of violence throghout their lives, this totally echoes that. Maya kiss to you and your kitty from our couch to yours! Apologies for the delay by the way I took a week and then jumped back on here!

Andra Marasteanu
Oct 15
Oct 15

Thank you so much for this, Angela. This is really helpful.

The second link doesn't work though, this Tip sheet can be accessed here: https://cofemsocialchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TS3-Connecting-...

And all of them can be found here: https://cofemsocialchange.org/feminist-pocketbook/

Adriana Leigh G.
7:54am
7:54am

Thank you Andra! I will update the link, cheers from Montreal!
Adriana

Olanike Adesanya
Oct 15
Oct 15

Congratulations dear Adriana,
Thanks for sharing this tips.
Very useful.

Adriana Leigh G.
7:55am
7:55am

Hi Olanike, I am glad you found this useful, this is not my work but of COFEM and available for anyone to use!

Cheers from Montreal,
Adriana