Student Feminist Activism to Change Gender-Based Violence

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Book Chapter - Merrimack Access Only


Ruth Lewis

Sundari Anitha

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Gender Based Violence in University Communities : Policy, Prevention and Educational Interventions


University of Chicago Press

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Abstract/ Summary

In the midst of growing attention to and concern about gender based violence (GBV) in universities, a key piece in the jigsaw of responses to GBV are student activists who resist GBV and supporting cultures. This activism has attracted criticism from some quarters which caricatures students as delicate, precious and easily offended, resorting to silencing those they deem to cause offence, thereby threatening freedom of speech. In this environment where voicing resistance, silencing, and freedom of speech are coexisting realities, this chapter explores how feminist communities help young feminists to find their voice to say the unsayable and to speak out about GBV.