Women and Violence
Global Lives in Focus
by Kathleen Nadeau and Sangita Rayamajhi, Editors
November 2019, 268pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6223-6
$63, 53€, A90
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6224-3
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The global community recently acknowledged the significance of gender-based violence by awarding the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to two individuals whose work directly challenges gender oppression.

This important and timely reference work examines violence against women and gender-based discrimination around the world, providing a global perspective on why this kind of oppression is still occurring in the 21st century.

Within the past decade, the attention that has been paid to violence against women by international government organizations such as the United Nations and World Health Organization has grown. Yet silences around the violent treatment of women remains across the world, particularly in those countries where women’s rights are not protected and statistics are not available.

Women and Violence encompasses a global perspective of the history, causes, and complex underpinnings of gender and violence from a multidimensional and cross-disciplinary perspective. Chapters focus on a specific world region, including North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Each chapter begins with a general discussion on its world region, then focuses on particular forms of violence against women in the more specific contexts of particular countries and in relation to the wider region. Readers will be able to make cross-cultural comparisons, learning how to view gender-based violence and women’s advocacy against discrimination that is occurring around the world.

Features

  • Enables a fuller comprehension of how contemporary ideas about gender and power are being debated, reinforced, and challenged
  • Offers a repository of key concepts used by local scholars and country specialists who study gender-based violence
  • Sheds light on gender-based violence and women’s advocacy against discrimination that is occurring around the world
  • Lists major events that have occurred in relation to women and violence around the world through history in a chronology
  • Offers insightful information related to the chapters in sidebars throughout the text
Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, is professor of anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino. Her published works include Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania, Women's Roles in Asia, and Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife; The History of the Philippines; and Liberation Theology in the Philippines.

Sangita Rayamajhi, PhD, is professor of Asian Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER) of Pokhara University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Her published works include Women's Roles in Asia; Can a Woman Rebel?; Who is the Daughter of Nepal?: A Collection of Essays; All Mothers are Working Mothers (a play); and Women in Politics: Semantics of Capacity Enhancement.

Reviews

"Librarians looking to update their books on the topic will find this title a great addition for high school libraries."—School Library Connection, May 1, 2020

"Highly recommended. General readers through faculty."—Choice, July 1, 2020

Women and Society around the World



Women make up half of the population of the world, yet their roles in society and the issues they face differ far greatly from those of their male counterparts. In some corners of the world, women are deemed unworthy of an education; in other areas, women scientists are pioneers in their fields. This series investigates key topics that are important to women’s lives around the world, from education and politics to violence and employment.

Each volume in the series encompasses a global view of contemporary women, with chapters designed to focus on each world region. Regions discussed include North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. While chapters discuss each region in general, specific examples of key traditions and customs help to shed light on cultural nuances among countries within each region. High school and general readers will be able to make cross-cultural comparisons, learning how views of women differ from culture to culture, how and why women face issues that men do not, and steps that are being taken to combat these challenges. A chronology, bibliography, and sidebars highlighting key women round out these introductory chapter books.

Features

  • Preface [+/-1,000 words]
  • Introduction [+/-3,000 words]
  • Chronology [+/-2,000 words]
  • Chapter 1: North America [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 2: Latin America and the Caribbean [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 3: Europe [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 4: North Africa and the Middle East [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 5: Sub-Saharan Africa [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 6: Central and East Asia [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 7: South and Southeast Asia [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 8: Oceania [+/- 10,000]
  • Bibliography [+/-2,000 words]
  • 20 Sidebars [+/-2,000 words]
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