Dignity and Resistance

Resistance practices to address gendered violence in Maré, Rio de Janeiro.

This report presents key findings of research conducted as part of the ‘Resisting violence, creating dignity: negotiating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) through community history-making in Rio de Janeiro.

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The below summary examines the construction of coping and resistance practices by women in relation to gendered urban violence in Maré, one of the largest groups of favelas in Brazil, located in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The territory is affected by high levels of poverty, inequality, organised crime and public insecurity, yet is also home to multiple struggles, protest and resistance as well as a large network of civil society initiatives and organisations.

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The research is led by King’s College London (Department of Geography) and Redes da Maré in partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), People’s Palace Projects, Queen Mary University of London and Museum of the Person and is supported by the British Academy via the GCRF – Global Challenges Research Fund.

Published in May 2022.

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