This Toolkit is a companion to the CAWN report Intersecting Violences (2010) by Patricia Muñoz Cabrera. The report provides a review of feminist theories and debates relating to violence and poverty as they affect women, with a focus on Latin America. In this Toolkit we provide some practical examples on how the intersectional analysis explored in the report is being put into practice on the ground. The section headings in the Toolkit relate to chapters in the report, and we have started each section by listing some key words to reflect the multiple identities and the intersection of different dimensions of discrimination that are addressed in the subsequent case studies.

There are a number of organisations that have an interesting and innovative approach to work on these issues in different countries in Latin America and we have selected a few to share their lessons more widely. We gathered the information for the case studies between December 2010 and February 2011: we contacted, sent them questionnaires, and subsequently interviewed some to find out more about their approach to work on violence. We have included a brief history of the organisations, as well as the information on their approaches to work on Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) that they provided.

We have listed links to websites and to some useful resources, tools and networks of organisations to help groups to strengthen their own approaches to work on violence and discrimination using an intersectional focus. These links are mainly in the organisations’ working languages, Spanish and Portuguese, but we have provided links to resources translated into English when available.

Intersecting Violences report (2010)
a CAWN report providing a review of feminist theories and debates on VAW and poverty in Latin America. The report was written by Patricia Muñoz Cabrera and edited by Mandy Macdonald.

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We are very grateful to all the people and organisations that took part in this research. Their contribution with the questionnaires and the information provided about their work has been very significant in providing interesting and varied themes for this toolkit.

© CAWN March 2011

Written by: Marilyn Thomson
Research and Technical Support: Olivia Kirkpatrick
Project Coordination: Katherine Ronderos
Copy-editing: Josephine Warrior
Design: Castro Design

Spanish translation by Media Lingo




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