Publications by Type: Magazine Article

Boesten J. The State and Violence Against Women in Peru: Intersecting Inequalities and Patriarchal Rule. Social Politics 2012. 2012;19 (3) :361-382. Publisher's VersionAbstract

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Fourth article

This article builds on long-term research looking at violence  against women in both war and peace, and recently gathered data  regarding persistent failure to use policy as a tool to reduce such  violence in Peru. The research shows that impunity and tolerance  for violence against women persists despite a state that has actively  intervened to eradicate such violence for some twenty years.  Including the state as perpetrator of violence in the analysis of  impunity helps understand the failure of policy and legislation.  Moreover, the notion of patriarchy allows us to look at a historically  shaped male-centered and sexist organization of state and  society, and helps understand the ambiguities in contemporary policy and legislation.

Women: for a life without violence. Latinamerica press. 2006;38 (7). Publisher's VersionAbstract

Violence against women is the cruelest manifestation of gender-based discrimination and inequality, and despite numerous international agreements to eradicate it, the trend has continued, ever more bloodily, fueled by a patriarchal society in which women are the undervalued sex.

“The continuation of violence against women in the 21st century is inconceivable and unacceptable,” says Célia Leão, a state deputy from São Paulo, Brazil, and a key member of the first Parliamentary Investigation Commission on violence against women in that state in the mid-1990s.

One of society’s greatest challenges is for violence against women to be considered a human rights violation.