Are You Afraid of The Dark? Addressing women’s fear of sexual violence as a Human Rights concern in Sweden

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Are You Afraid of The Dark? Addressing women’s fear of sexual violence as a Human Rights concern in Sweden

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Are You Afraid of The Dark? Addressing women’s fear of sexual violence as a Human Rights concern in Sweden
Author(s) Marcusson, Talina
Date 2015
English abstract
This study is based on the statistical finding that every tenth women in Sweden refrains to go outside alone in their own residential area when it is dark because they are afraid (BRÅ 2015:88) and strives to discuss this problem further. The purpose of this study is to argue that there is a need to address women’s fear of sexual violence as a human rights concern in Sweden. Women’s ability to enjoy their human rights is restricted by their fear and the normalization of women’s fear contributes to this problem. Furthermore, Martha Nussbaum’s capability approach and her theoretical understanding of emotions enable an understanding of how the concept of bodily integrity is affected by women’s fear. Women’s fear of sexual violence can be understood as a problem of social inequality that is affected by the underlying structures of gender inequality. Therefore, it is essential to identify the nature of the attitudes that tend to undermine women and result in violence against women. The fear of sexual violence is dependent on the occurrence of violence against women, which is a human rights violation. However, the fear of sexual violence is not a human rights violation yet it should be understood as a human rights concern.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 53
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) bodily integrity
capability approach
violence against women
women’s rights
gender inequality
fear of sexual violence
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19326 (link to this page)

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