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Placing GBV in the context of the Womens Movement

Despite the fact that violence against women has existed across time, countries and cultures - it is encouraging to know that there has been resistance against this violence at various stages in the past and continues on even today. These individual and group protests, within the political framework, against gender violence have come to be known as the Womens movement.
     
The movement is generally said to have begun in the 19th century as people increasingly adopted the perception that women are oppressed in a male-centred society. The feminist movement (also known as the Women's Movement or Women's Liberation) is a series of campaigns on issues such as reproductive rights (including abortion), domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. The goals of the movement vary from country to country, e.g. opposition to female genital cutting in Sudan, or to the glass ceiling in Western countries.

Organizing around collective issues!

Organised feminism did not really kick off until the first Women's Conference hed in Seneca Falls, America, in 1848. To begin with, the Women's Movement evolved out of social reform groups such as the Abolition of Slavery, the Social Purity and Temperance movements. Women began to realise that in order to transform society they would need their own organisations to do so. They campaigned upon a whole range of issues; from guardianship of infants, property rights, divorce, access to higher education and the medical professions, to equal pay and protective legislation for women workers - many of which women are still campaigning for today!


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