CALL FOR CHAPTER CONTRIBUTIONS& SEMINAR PARTICIPATION
Gender Dimensions of Violence Prevention
Seminar Convenors: Dr. Ramona Biholar (Faculty of Law) and Dr. Dacia Leslie (SALISES)
The promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, encompassed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, has one of its targets ‘the reducing of all forms of violence, ending violence and promoting the rule of law and justice for all’. Intrinsic to reducing and ultimately eliminating violence is the prevention of violence, which requires attentive exploration of the structural inequalities at the root of this development challenge. In some jurisdictions, understandings of crime victimization and perpetration, the criminalization of violence, as well as designing strategies for violence prevention are still impacted by traditional, fixed codes of femininity and masculinity. This rein-forces stereotyped understandings of who is the victim and who is the perpetrator. Viable solutions for violence prevention thus require a clear and comprehensive understanding of how constructions of femi-ninities and masculinities shape crime victimization and perpetration.