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O Direito à Cidade de Mulheres: Uma análise sobre suas limitações a partir de violências infraestruturais de gênero contra brasileiras em Londres e na Maré, Rio de Janeiro

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Cathy McIlwaine, Miriam Krenzinger, Moniza Rizzini Ansari, Yara Evans, Eliana Sousa Silva

Translated title of the contributionNegotiating Women’s Right to the City: Gender-based and infrastructural violence against Brazilian women in London and residents in Maré, Rio de Janeiro
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)954-981
JournalRevista de Direito da Cidade
Volume13
Issue number2
Published1 May 2021

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This paper examines obstacles to ensuring a gender just right to the city emerging from direct forms of gender-based violence and indirect infrastructural violence against women and girls. Drawing from the so-called ‘infrastructural turn’ in urban studies, the article presents an innovative analytical tool for the growing debate on the gender dimensions of urban violence. Methodologically, it presents empirical analyses of the transnational nature of gender-based violence against women in cities, reporting a quali-quantitative survey conducted between 2016 and 2018, with Brazilian women residing in London and women residing in one of the largest group of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Maré. The study found that structural and infrastructural violence are directly implicated in the dynamics of gender-based violence that present severe restrictions on women’s right to the city – be it regarding the difficulty of access to services and rights in the case of Brazilian migrants in London, or in the context of daily armed violence in the case of women in Maré. The article contributes to the interdisciplinary encounters between legal geography and feminist urbanism, formulating an understanding of gender-based violence in global cities in multidimensional, multiscalar and transnational terms, which transcend intimate, individualized and private experiences.

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