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.

Key Findings from London

Key Findings from Brazil

Although the vast majority of those surveyed (76%) stated that VAWG occurs in the research area, only 28% openly stated that they had suffered it.

However, when asked about reporting such violence 38% stated they had experienced VAWG

As for the types of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) stated, physical violence emerged as the most important (51% of women), followed by psychological/emotional violence (42%) and sexual abuse (7%)

Intimate partners committed a third of all GBV stated, with only 15% perpetrated by strangers.


Recent News & Articles

How useful is a transformative gender justice for understanding gender-based violence among migrant women through the arts? Reflections from Efêmera and Ana by Gaël le Cornec – By Cathy McIlwaine

“It’s difficult to know what to say. I want to applaud the bravery, but that feels trite. This needs to be seen, to be heard, to be felt. Because, in a way, everyone needs to know this hurt, to feel this pain, until nobody does. I count my blessings that I have never suffered this

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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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