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Title: Mobilising against domestic violence: women's movements in the domestic and international context of Latin America
Author: Venegas, Tatiana Rein
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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Women's movements are key actors for adding domestic violence against women to the public agenda and for influencing the adoption of policies that deal with it. The aim of this thesis is to determine what strategies women's movements use to obtain policies and legislation on domestic violence against women, and how they adapt these strategies according to specific political actors that are proposed to be more helpful to women's movements' attempts. It proposes that women's movements direct their mechanisms towards social, international and especially domestic political spheres. Two actors pertaining to the political sphere, women in the nationallegislarure and the women's policy agency, influence the strategies that women's movements use, the movements' chances of success, and the extent to which the movements need to interact with the other twO spherc=s. social and international. I use a '1ualirativc= small-N comparison of t four SQuth-American countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The main data collection is through personal face-to-face interviews with members of women's organisations as well as '1uc=scionnaires sent to them. The findings suppon the relevance of the twO actors of the political sphere and suggest that women's movement vary their strategies according to the variant characteristics of these actors, i.e. percentage of 1 women legislators and status of women's policy agengy. It also finds that women's movements always direct mechanisms towards the society, but they increase the interaction with 'the latter, again according to the aforementioned variation. Finally, it finds that strategies directed towards the international sphere, although relevant, are used less frequently by women's organisations. The theory can be extended further to other women's issues if it incorporates some additional political and social actors, as well as to other areas beyond South America. ,
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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