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Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st CenturyA Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women's Lives in Modern Times$
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Kristen Zaleski, Annalisa Enrile, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Xiying Wang

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190927097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190927097.001.0001

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Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

Violence Against Women in Trinidad and Tobago

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Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century

Nirmala Prakash

Melissa Indera Singh

Jennifer Prevot

Stephanie Gopie

Jade Vorster

Peter Averkiou

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This chapter analyzes violence against women (VAW) and intimate partner violence (IPV) using contextual factors of intersectionality and familial, political, and sociocultural paradigms as the lens to analyze violence. Targeted evolution of social, cultural, and political frameworks is needed to elevate the status of women in Trinidad and Tobago, educate men and women about violence and IPV, and equip people with tools to break generational cycles of violence. The adverse health effects on women and children who experience violence and IPV are long-lasting and severe. Although the government of Trinidad and Tobago seeks to create policies that combat IPV, changes in attitudes and societal stigma have a stronghold. More grassroots campaigns, bold statements by pop culture, and subsequent sociocultural progression of attitudes toward VAW and IPV are needed to create a culture of consent during Carnival.

Keywords:   violence against women, intimate partner violence, generational violence, adverse health outcome, stigma, Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago

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