A recent study by political scientists Mala Htun (University of New Mexico) and S. Laurel Weldon (Purdue University) found that when it comes to ending violence against women, mobilizing feminist groups is the most effective path.
The study tracked policies in 70 countries over a 30-year period, concluding that the actions of autonomous feminist groups make the most lasting impact. “Movements explicitly trying to elevate women’s status and expand women’s opportunities” are the key to creating effective policy change. Expanding women’s opportunities and elevating their status lead to a decrease in violence as well as an increase in policies that counter violence against women. Movements by autonomous feminist groups are even more effective than getting women elected is (in fact, Htun and Weldon found not much correlation there at all).
The chief advisor for peace and security for UN Women, Anne-Marie Goetz, said of the study: “[It] strengthens the argument for building the capacity of women’s organizations and ensuring that they have an operating environment that enables them to advance their work.”
Women Thrive has been a leader in the fight to end violence against women globally since its founding. We have always believed in order to solve gender-based violence (GBV), we need a comprehensive solution that not only includes prevention and response to GBV, but also elevates the status of women and expands economic opportunity. Htun and Weldon’s study affirms Women Thrive’s work and approach.
Additionally, by supporting our work, you help keep us independent. Women Thrive does not accept any government money, making us a credible watchdog. One way in which Women Thrive tries to elevate the status of women everywhere is by holding the government accountable. As governments shape and implement policies, we ensure that these policies will serve, protect, and empower women worldwide.
By supporting Women Thrive, you can combat violence against women and help women and girls live without fear. To learn more about combating GBV, read Htun and and Weldon’s study here. To learn more about Women Thrive and our issues, visit our website.