The Language of Love. Tanzanian Women Discuss Intimacy, Sexuality and Violence in the 21 st Century. July 21, 2010. 1. INTRODUCTION. Globally 1 in 3 women will experience some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime (Andersson et al, 2007)
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July 21, 2010
Globally 1 in 3 women will experience some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime (Andersson et al, 2007)
1. What types of physical and sexual encounters do women consider violent?
2. How and when are cultural norms regarding male-female sexual relationships introduced to women?
3. How do women conceptualize and contextualize “gender equality” in their own lives?
Many women said they expected to experience some amount of force or coercion in sexual relationships, and that this force was not always considered violent.
Severity of resulting injury was used to categorize an incident as either “violent” or as “normal.”
1. A goal which government should be working towards
2. An aspect of social change that is interfering with existing culture and family structure
Equality in the private sphere - at the household level
“These… rights of women, the privileges of women… these things did not exist in the past - the time when my mother, my grandmother lived....For sure, the life of my grandmother was good....They had no quarrels about other women, or fighting or about marriages breaking up, abandoning children… these things were not possible. But today, we see the way marriages are breaking up, the way people get married today and tomorrow they break up, so you find that our rights are increasingly [leading to] the deterioration of our lives.”
Michaela Leslie-Rule, BFA, MPA, MPH
Acknowledgements: Eric Ramirez-Ferrero PhD, Andrew Levack MPH, Juliana Bwire Mwima, Tumaini Hope Kiyola, Mudaheranwa Godefroid and Dan Larson