Narratives against Gender-based Violence in a Community of Pakistani Women in Norway

28 December, 2017

Reference: Arild, A., Escobar-Ballesta, M., & García-Ramírez, M. (2017). Narratives against gender-based violence in a community of Pakistani women in Norway. Fokus på Familien, 3, 227-245. doi: 10.18261/issn.0807-7487-2017-03-05

Abstract: Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global and trans-cultural challenge of systemic nature, and migrant women seem to be especially vulnerable to such atrocities, suffering under dominant narratives embedded in discourses and power structures at several different levels. However, such challenges can be overcome by a liberating narrative inquiry, of which the study to be presented is an example, since it promotes equity and links fairness to women’s well-being. The paper presents an experience from Norway where a group of Pakistani women together with researchers from The Norwegian Centre for Migration and Minority Health (NAKMI) became involved in a collaborative, change-oriented commitment to justice. Taking place within an empowering community setting, this experience can be understood as a sociopolitical development; that is, a mutual learning process in which all participants develop critical awareness, recognize their influence, and realize possibilities for action while creating new, liberating community narratives.

Keywords: Gender-based violence, Narratives, Oppression, Liberation, Sociopolitical development, Empowering community settings.

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