Gender Based Violence: a Pessimistic Assessment & Coerced Reproduction

August 15, 2010 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Jane Roberts for this piece she authored on RH Reality Check.

This paper contains only my own views and I in no way speak for the U.N. Population Fund. It is also written as food for thought for the conference on gender based violence to be put on by the United States National Committee for UNIFEM and the National Council for Research on Women on June 11 and 12, 2010 in New York.

Whether there is an epidemic of gender based violence now, which seems to be the prevailing view among knowledgeable people committed to its curtailment, or whether it has always been just as prevalent but without the communications technology to holler it to the world is debatable. I suppose it really doesn’t matter. What matters is how broadly we define it now, and depending on that definition how we deal with it.

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