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