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

Brazilian women in London share experiences of gendered violence

As the rates and intensity of violence against women dramatically rose globally over lockdown, Gil, a Brazilian woman in London who has suffered domestic violence, tells her story of being denied support from emergency services. Rebecca Wilson and Marilyn Thomson explore the added risk for Latin American women who face violence in London, ahead of

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Women in sisterhood resisting violence in Guatemala

*Note: Originally posted on: A fire in a state-run shelter in Guatemala in 2017 brought together a group of women who have been fighting for justice for the victims ever since in this case.  Cathy McIlwaine, Jelke Boesten (King’s College London) and Rebecca Wilson (Latin American Bureau) recall this incident and other two experiences of grassroots work throughout Latin America and

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Migrants in Action (MinA)

Blog Series: reposting Latin America Bureau and King’s College London partnership As part of our ongoing collaborative Women Resisting Violence project in partnership between LAB and King’s College London, we are spotlighting Latin American grassroots campaigns and organisations that counter violence against women and girls. Read on to learn about Migrants in Action, a community theatre group led by

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Reposting content on VAWG and resistance strategies by key grassroots campaigns and organisations, as part of our ongoing project Women Resisting Violence in partnership with @LatAmB


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