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Violence Against Women

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One of the forms of gender violence is witnessed in the form of sexual violence. The sexual violence against women is mainly applied as a tactic of warfare in countries that have undergone some form of war or civil unrest that have a historical perspective, for example, the case with the former combatants in Colombia. This particular case complicates our particular understanding of the subject, the story of a former FARC woman combatant who lived through such experiences. The women fighters are not treated differently because they are weaker or just the fact that they are women.

They are treated equally in the field of operation, but what comes as maybe not a shock is the fact that they are still exploited sexually. Women were expected to offer sexual favors in order to get protection from the soldiers. Such actions are sexual exploitation (Theidon 15). The complication comes in the sense that, these women are the same in the work field but are expected to engage in sexual activities for their own safety and protection. Women are part of the fighting but are seen and treated as the weaker sex when it comes to other matters.

In an anthropological sense, the men are the ones who offer protection to women, but not for certain sexual favors or advancements. The men have not been brought up with a comprehension of their roles; they should play as loving instead of the militarized masculinities they portray (Theidon 18). Another classic example of this is the cultural context of Liberia. Anthropologically speaking, men dominated and asked for compulsory labor from their women whom they treated as part of their property (Abramowitz and Moran 4). Finally, Among the Maasai, there is a cultural tradition of female genital mutilation which goes against the fabric of modern society.

There have been concerted efforts in educating the Maasai on the health concerns of the matter. Those efforts have clearly failed with activist now changing the tune to that of human rights violation (Hodgson 140). It points to larger tension in culture, power and human rights of which such women do not enjoy.

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