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Feminised urban futures, healthy cities and violence against women and girls: Transnational reflections from Brazilians in London and Maré, Rio de Janeiro

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Cathy McIlwaine, Yara Evans, Miriam Krenzinger, Eliana Sousa Silva

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban transformations and public health in the emergent city
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press, Manchester
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781526150943, Michael Keith , Andreza Aruska de Souza
Published26 Aug 2020

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This chapter examines the ways in which violence against women and girls (VAWG) affects women’s health and well-being in cities. In a context whereby one in three women globally experience such violence, with arguably higher incidence in cities, it explores these processes in relation to wider debates on the gender-blindness of right to the city discourse and the importance of considering gender justice in cities from a relational perspective. The chapter draws empirically on the transnational nature of urban VAWG among Brazilian migrant women in London and those residing in the marginalised slums of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, Complexo da Maré. It shows how VAWG is diverse across multiple spaces of the city and how it fundamentally undermines women’s well-being and health outcomes. Yet, it also illustrates that although the roots of VAWG lie in unequal gendered power relations, the challenges of living in cities can exacerbate and ameliorate such violence.

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