Countermapping SDG 5 to address violence against women and girls in the favelas of Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cathy McIlwaine*, Moniza Rizzini Ansari, Julia Gonçalves Leal, Fernanda Vieira, Joelma Sousa dos Santos

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Abstract

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) remains one of the most significant problems affecting women globally with its elimination being central to achieving SDG 5 on gender equality. While information on its prevalence is increasing globally, this is often at the national scale with limited local level data. Responding to feminist critiques of SDG 5 and target 5.2 in terms of the importance of capturing more nuanced data on grassroots women’s experiences as agents rather than victims, this paper reflects on countermapping VAWG in the favelas of Maré in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Drawing on countermapping methodologies, it analyses a series of countermaps highlighting the prevalence of VAWG, but also the need to report and resist it locally. Only by revealing the complexity of VAWG and women’s practices to deal with it can such violence be truly eliminated in order to meet SDG 5 and target 5.2.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2178343
Journal Journal of Maps
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

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