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Glasgow Standing Group on Violence Against Women

Glasgow Standing Group on Violence Against Women (SGVAW)


SGVAW works from a gender based, human rights approach, which is based on the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women which states that: 

'Gender based violence (GBV) is a function of gender inequality, and an abuse of male power and privilege. It takes the form of actions that result in physical, sexual and psychological harm or suffering to women and children, or affront to their human dignity, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.  

By referring to violence as 'gender based' this definition highlights the need to understand violence within the context of women's and girl's subordinate status in society. Such violence cannot be understood, therefore, in isolation from the norms, social structure and gender roles within the community, which greatly influence women's vulnerability to violence.'