Are Men Allies or Adversaries to Women’s Career Advancement?
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Debra A. Major
Chapter 17: Preventing violence against women and girls
Menís violence against women and girls is a blunt expression of the pervasive gender inequalities that characterize countries across the globe. Menís violence against women both expresses and maintains menís power over women. Indeed, rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence have been seen as paradigmatic expressions of the operation of male power over women (Miller and Biele 1993, p. 53). Whether in workplaces or elsewhere, efforts to build gender equality must reckon with menís violence against women. The term ëmenís violence against womení is used here to refer to the wide variety of forms of violence and abuse perpetrated by men against women, including physical and sexual assaults and other behaviours that result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women. Data from across the globe documents that substantial proportions of women experience violence. In Australia for example: (1) the Personal Safety Survey Australia finds that nearly one in six women (16 per cent) have experienced violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15 (ABS, 2006); (2) the Australian component of the International Violence Against Women Survey finds that over a third of women (34 per cent) who have ever had a boyfriend or husband report experiencing at least one form of violence during their lifetime from an intimate male partner (Mouzos and Makkai, 2004, p. 44).
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