Global Diversities of Responses to Gender-Based Violence
Sat, September 5, 2:00 to 3:45pm, Hilton, Continental Parlor 2
Gender-based violence has been recognized internationally as a human rights issue, an obstacle to women’s equality, and an obstacle to women’s political participation. There is variation in responses to gender-based violence across the globe. We investigate this problem in comparative perspective by explaining how states have (or have not) successfully implemented legal norms on gender-based violence. We address the conference theme
Investigating Africa, Britton and Medie advance the explanation of variation in the implementation of gender-based violence policies. Britton examines the current context of anti-GBV policies and programs in South Africa, a country known for extremely high levels of GBV, both during apartheid and now twenty years into democracy. Britton’s paper examines one key sector of street-level bureaucrats, the South African Police Services, to ascertain what makes certain police units implement anti-GBV programs and policies and others not. Medie’s paper examines the failure to enforce GBV legislation in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia, both post-conflict countries with remarkably high levels of GBV. Medie’s examination of the barriers to enforcement also then contrasts these with instances of successful victim identification, reporting, and prosecutions. Her study then highlights and demarcates a possible path to increase GBV response among state actors.