In this website you’ll find relevant information on the academic research ‘Healthy, Secure and Gender Just Cities: Transnational Perspectives on Urban Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Rio de Janeiro and London funded by the ESRC Newton Fund.

This interdisciplinary project examines the localised and transnational dynamics of VAWG experienced by women in the Complexo da Maré, a favela community in Rio de Janeiro, and among Brazilian migrant women in London.

It explores the nature, causes and consequences of VAWG from a multi-scalar approach that acknowledges the linkages between the cities of the Global South and North through complex geographies of globalisation and international migration. A key aim is to delineate and understand the transnational continuities and differences in the experiences of violence among women in Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian women in London as well as identifying the sources of support available and the reasons why women may or may not use them and the outcomes.

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The Future of Cities is Female – By Cathy McIlwaine

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, URBANET features an article by Cathy McIlwaine that discusses the question of gender-based violence in cities. Read more:

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Marielle Franco killed in Rio de Janeiro: a Black woman, councillor and human rights activist who dared ask ‘How many more will have to die?’ By Yara Evans

Yesterday, 14th March 2018, marked an important date for all involved in our research project. The Rio and London teams gathered at the Brazilian Embassy in London to report on our key findings about VAWG among Brazilians in London and among women resident in Complexo da Maré, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. This

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COMMUNICATING THE EXPERIENCES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS (VAWG) AMONG BRAZILIAN MIGRANTS IN LONDON: REFLECTING ON THE ROLE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS (by Cathy McIlwaine)

(Article first published in Urban Transformations on 15/02/18:  ) We are living through times when women are increasingly coming forward with disclosures of their experiences of multiple forms of gender-based violence (GBV). Finally and belatedly, women’s voices are being heard as they report their often previously invisibilised and/or discredited experiences of GBV. While these disclosures

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