Multiple struggles in fighting violence against women: implications among Romani women leaders in Spain

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Title: Multiple struggles in fighting violence against women: implications among Romani women leaders in Spain
Authors: Vives-Cases, Carmen | Espinar-Ruiz, Eva | Castellanos Torres, Esther | Coe, Anna-Britt
Research Group/s: Salud Pública | Investigación en Género (IG) | Observatorio Europeo de Tendencias Sociales (OBETS)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología II | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Estudios de Género | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Social y Paz
Keywords: Intimate partner violence | Roma population | Gender inequalities | Intersectionality | Qualitative study
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública | Sociología
Issue Date: 6-Jun-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Global Health Action. 2017, 10: 1317084. doi:10.1080/16549716.2017.1317084
Abstract: Background: Violence against women (VAW) is a central issue in gender studies and one that has united feminist activists from around the world. But this does not mean that this struggle is singular: indeed, one can say that there are many, diverse and sometimes even contradictory struggles occurring throughout the world. Objectives: To identify and analyze the different struggles faced by women from Roma organizations in Spain in relation to VAW and their work with affected women. Methods: Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted among women actively involved in Roma associations in different Spanish cities, in 2015. An inductive thematic analysis was used to analyze the empirical materials. Results: Our analysis resulted in three themes that captured different struggles that women from Roma organizations have faced: ‘between persistence and rupture of restrictive gender norms’, ‘invisibility and normalization of violence against women’ and ‘willingness and trust in daily work with women’. The activities related to VAW carried out by the interviewed women were more related to their personal initiatives and abilities than to strategies proposed by the organizations they work for. Conclusions: The results show the need to support the initiatives of Romani women and their own struggles related to identity. This is what makes them true promoters of social change and, more specifically, change related to gender relations both within and outside of their communities.
Sponsor: The material and analysis of this study are part of a larger research project titled ‘Violence against women and the responses of primary health professionals in Spain’, financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Government of Spain, Carlos III Institute and Fondos FEDER (Ref.PI13/00874), directed by Professor Carmen Vives-Cases.
ISSN: 1654-9880
DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1317084
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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