Conclusion: Gender-based Violence and Public Health

Nakray, Keerty (2013) Conclusion: Gender-based Violence and Public Health. In: Gender-based Violence and Public Health. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780203077344

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One of the dominant themes emerging from all the chapters is that gender-based violence is distinctly rooted in the patriarchal nature of most societies across the world. It requires a wide range of interventions which place women’s empowerment at the centre. The importance of primary, secondary and tertiary interventions must be recognised as they mutually strengthen each other and also improve the effectiveness of the various policies and programmes. The strength of the public health approach is that it takes into account the deep-rooted prejudices underlying various legal, medical and social services and seeks to retrain the workers to address gender-based violence. The weakness is that it is an approach which largely depends on the social contexts in which it is applied, and also how well professionals in this multi-sectoral approach are trained to address gender-based violence, and whether adequate budgets are allocated to carry out the policies and programmes. This approach has to be fine-tuned to local realities and subject to constant monitoring and evaluation by governmental and non-governmental agencies. To conclude, a public health approach provides an outline to address women who usually suffer from violence in silence all across the world. Its success largely depends on the commitment of financial and human resources to effectively implement a wide range of interventions which are deemed appropriate in local contexts, and also the recognition that women’s marginalisation is largely structured by dominant cultural ethos, economic and social exclusion and political invisibility.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 10:08
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 10:08
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