In this website you’ll find relevant information on two intertwined academic research projects: ‘Healthy, Secure and Gender Just Cities – Transnational Perspectives on Urban Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Rio de Janeiro and London and the project that follows its developments Resisting violence, creating dignity: negotiating Violence Against Women and Girls through community history-making in Rio de Janeiro.

The research Transnational Perspectives on Urban Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is an interdisciplinary project led from 2016 to 2018 that examined the localised and transnational dynamics of VAWG experienced by women in Maré, a favela community in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and among Brazilian migrant women in London.

It explored 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.

The research led to the development of further study in the Maré community with Resisting violence, creating dignity project (2019 – 2022), which explores how Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) can be more effectively reduced and prevented through harnessing the formal, informal and creative resistance practices developed by women and for women to build dignity through community history-making. In this way, it addresses resistance to Violence Against Women and Girls which engenders dignity through capturing and visibilising the community institutional and creative histories, as a form of community heritage.

Transnational violence research:

Key Findings from London

Transnational violence research

Key Findings in Rio de Janeiro

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

New paper published!

Click here to read the article recently published on Social and Cultural Geography Journal (April 2022) ABSTRACT Although the intensification of direct and indirect gendered violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extensively reported globally, there is limited research on women’s responses to it. Addressing calls to explore the relationships between emotional-affective atmospheres

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Exhibition Launch will happen on the 4th May, from 6pm-8pm at The Exchange, King’s College London, followed by events on the 5th and 12th May Join us for the launch event of the exhibition “DIGNITY AND RESISTANCE: Community pathways for resisting gendered urban violence in Rio de Janeiro and London”, which explores the multilayered, formal and informal initiatives

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Research report: Resistance Practices to address gendered urban violence in Maré (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil)

Click on the link to read the full report and short summary with qualitative findings from the research Resisting violence, creating dignity: negotiating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) through community history-making in Rio de Janeiro Click to read/Download the Research Report Click to read/Download the Key Findings and Policy Recommendations

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