domestic violence

  • Tracy Chapman – Behind the Wall

    In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, recurring tomorrow, 25th November, WiB looks at Tracy Chapman’s “Behind the Wall”, a song dedicated to the victims of one of the most common forms of gender-based violence: domestic abuse. Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter,...
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    The ownership of the female body

    Amman, Jordan – “The key,” Dr Hana Banat says, as she pauses in her pacing to emphasise, “is that we have to get women believing they have more roles to play than just being a mother”. She repeats the sentence for effect. The sounds of shuffling of papers and...
  • Tajikistan: woman’s business

    “My marriage was arranged against my will. It took practically a few days to make it happen. A few weeks into the married life my husband started beating me…” This is the story of Nodira, a young Tajik woman who has suffered abuse from those who, supposedly, should be...
  • The Politics of Love

    Historically, women’s movements around the world have been speaking out against patriarchal structures and systems rooted in machismo– the concept that masculine characteristics are superior to feminine ones. In Spain, the cultural pervasion of machismo has had negative implications for violence against women. Though gender rights and roles have progressed considerably, the...
  • Tom Paxton

    She Sits on the Table – Tom Paxton

    Thomas Richard “Tom” Paxton is one of the most famous american folk singer and songwriter. Paxton’s songs can be emotionally affective and cover a wide range of topics, from the serious and profound to the lighthearted and comical, at the same time. His extraordinary narrative skills bring the audience into stories...
  • Violence: a Widespread Bottom-Up Atrocity

    Violence, in all its varied shapes, is prevalent all around the world. From the abductions with impunity in Colombia, to the attacks and harassment of LGBT people in Russia, and to the mass rapes in Darfur. It is a violation of the right to freedom of expression, the right...
  • When violence hits home: the disruptive force of Gender Based Violence

    Sebastian tells his own account of how domestic violence has become a very close issue to him. In this piece, he wants to show people that it is an issue that is much closer than we think, and that most people are not sure how to react to it,...