First, let’s talk about violence. What is violence and how is it used? In doing this work, we have come to understand sexism and its intersections with racism, classism, and other forms of oppression to be at the root of sustaining and perpetuating violence against women. This section explores the social construction of violence in our society. We will define violence and understand its root causes. In order to prevent gender-based violence, we must address racism and other systems of oppression. There is no survivor justice without racial justice!
As you journey through this section, think about how this definition of violence aligns with your previous and current perception of violence.
We know systems of oppression and violence are inextricably linked. Therefore, we must address racism, transphobia, homophobia, economic injustice, and connecting systems of oppression in order to end gender-based violence.