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Gender-based violence and the Anthropocene: territories of risk and mobilisation 
Lora Forsythe (Natural Resources Institute)
Diana Lopez Castaneda
Stacy Banwell (University of Greenwich)
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Wednesday 28 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant global health and human rights issue, affecting one in three women globally. This panel will explore the relationships between GBV, territories and environmental change and present counter responses to violence from indigenous and social movements.

Long Abstract:

Deeply entrenched historical social, political, economic and institutional inequalities, fed by histories of colonialism, have led to the use of varied and interconnected forms of violence among human-environmental relationships within any given 'territory'. These structural violences based on power inequalities exist on a 'continuum' that both exacerbates and is exacerbated by interpersonal/intergenerational violence including lack of bodily autonomy and political threats to environmental leaders and local defenders, especially women.

By applying a feminist lens to the Anthropocene, this panel will examine the prevalence and nature of gender based violence connected to environmental change, both materially and symbolically. We aim draw on territorial based cases from across the Global 'North/South' to show the risks of and responses to gender based violence, particularly in the context of food systems, climate change and resource extraction and grabbing. This will address how women's agency is affected by such inequalities and violence, while their mobilisation in responding to gender based violence addresses important issues that often neglected.

We welcome papers from inter/ transdisciplinary perspectives, particularly oral history, moral philosophy, psychology, feminist political economy and post-coloniality, in encounters with the historic and current lived experiences of women and men. We particularly would like to explore examples of indigenous and social movements as counter-responses, including those from young women from rural backgrounds, indigenous futurism, and eco-feminist movements.

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Session 1 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -