Violence Against Women: A Site Dedicated to Providing Information and Resources for Health Care Providers & Survivors of Violence against Women Violence against Women
A site dedicated to providing information and resources for health care providers as well as survivors of violence

Violence against women > Why does Violence occur > Patriarchy

Understanding What is patriarchy

Patriarchy literally means the rule of the father or the patriarch and originally it was used to describe a specific type of male dominated family - the large household of the patriarchy which included women, junior men, children, slaves and domestic servants all under the rule of this dominant male. Now it is used more generally to refer to male domination, to the power relationships by which men dominate women and to characterize a system whereby women are kept subordinate in a number of ways. The subordination that we experience at a daily level, regardless of the class we might belong to takes various forms; discrimination, disregard, insult, control, exploitation, oppression, violence within the family, at the place of work, in society. The details may be different, but the theme is the same.
 
Common experiences with Patriarchy

Few examples:

-     I heard my family was unhappy when I was born. They wanted a boy (son preference)

-     I have to help my mother with the household work, my brothers don't (burden of household work on women and young girls)

-     My brothers are worse than my father. They don't want me to talk to any boys (male control over women and girls)

-     I have no share in my father's property. My husband's property is also not mine. Actually there is no home I can call my own(lack of inheritance or property rights of women)
 

As we listen to each other we realize that this subordination is not the fate of a few of us who are unfortunate, nor is it some men who exploit or oppress some women. We begin to understand that what we are up against is a system, a system of male domination and superiority, of male control, in which women are subordinate.

Events | News Updates | Forum | Contact Us Violence Against Women: A Site Dedicated to Providing Information and Resources for Health Care Providers & Survivors of Violence against Women Violence against Women CEHAT is a research centre of Anusandhan Trust. We are involved in research, training, service and advocacy on a variety of public health issues. © 2017 CEHAT. All Rights Reserved - Website Design and Development by Wordcraft. This website is best viewed at Screen Resolution 800x600 and Text Size Medium, IE 5+