- Edited by Yasmin Rehman, freelance consultant, Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University, UK and Hannana Siddiqui, Southall Black Sisters, UK
In the UK the number of people who came from a minority ethnic group grew by 53 per cent between 1991 and 2001, from 3.0 million in 1991 to 4.6 million in 2001. Whilst much has been written about the impact of these demographic changes in relation to policy issues, black and minority women and children remain under-researched. Recent publications have tended to focus on South Asian women, forced marriage and 'honour' related violence.
Moving in the Shadows brings together for the first time in a single volume, an examination of violence against women and children within the diverse communities of the UK. Its strength lies in its gendered focus as well as its understanding of the need for an integrated approach to all forms of violence against women, whilst foregrounding the experiences of minority women, the communities they are part of, and the organizations which have advocated for their rights and given them voice.
The chapters contained within this volume explore a set of core themes: the forms and contexts of violence minority women experience; the continuum of violence; the role of culture and faith in the control of women and girls; the types of intervention within multi-cultural and social cohesion policies; the impacts of violence on British-born and migrant women and girls; and the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality highlighting issues of similarity and difference. Taken together, they provide a valuable resource for scholars, students, activists, social workers and policy-makers working in the field.
Contents: Moving in the shadows: Introduction, Liz Kelly; Part I Perspectives: At the intersection: Black and minority ethnic women and the criminal justice system, Sharon Smee; Multi-faithism and the gender question: implications of government policy on the struggle for equality and rights for minority women in the UK, Pragna Patel; Violent intersections: re-visiting the traffic in women and girls, Jackie Turner; Sexuality and South Asian women: a taboo?, Shaminder Takhar. Part II Forms and Contexts of Violence: Two steps forward, one step back: the fight against female genital mutilation in the UK, Makeba Roach and Comfort Momoh; ‘It’s all about stopping you from getting on with your life’: post-separation violence in the lives of Asian and African-Caribbean women, Ravi K. Thiara; Criminal gangs, male-dominated services and the women and girls who fall through the gaps, Carlene Firmin; Possession or oppression: witchcraft and spirit possession accusations as a form of ritual abuse of children and women, Emelie Secker and Yasmin Rehman; Lost for words: difficulties naming and disclosing sexual violence in Hindi, Swati Pande; ‘True honour’: domestic violence, forced marriage and honour crimes in the UK, Hannana Siddiqui; ‘It begins with Sister’: polygyny and Muslims in Britain, Yasmin Rehman. Part III Interventions and Responses: Finding a voice - African and Caribbean heritage women help seeking, Ava Kanyeredzi; Women seeking asylum - failed twice over, Debora Singer; Working trans-culturally with domestically violent men, Phil Price; Challenging domestic abuse in the Arabic speaking community: the experience of Al-Aman, Mohamed Abdalla Ballela; A fuss about nothing? Delivering services to Black and minority ethnic survivors of gender violence - the role of the specialist Black and minority ethnic women’s sector, Marai Larasi; Index.
About the Editor: Yasmin Rehman is a freelance consultant and doctoral candidate at SOAS, University of London, UK. Liz Kelly is Roddick Chair on Violence Against Women at London Metropolitan University, UK.
Hannana Siddiqui works for Southall Black Sisters, UK.
Reviews: 'This wide-ranging collection sensitively and expertly engages with and illuminates the fraught dilemmas at the intersection of gender, violence and religion that have become so important for both practice and theory.’
Sylvia Walby, Lancaster University, UK
'This book makes an important contribution to the body of knowledge on various cases of violence against black and minorities women in the UK and feminist activist responses and interventions to them. It includes contributions by some of the most important activists in the field and uses the cutting edge theoretical framing of Intersectionality and situated gaze feminist theories and the construction of violence against women as a continuum.’
Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London, UK
'Collectively, Yasmin Rehman, Liz Kelly and Hannana Siddiqui have over 90 years experience of working on violence against women issues… In this book, the trio have successfully brought together contributions from an impressive list of activists and researchers. The result is a volume of work which seeks to enhance the reader’s understanding of key issues affecting Minority women and children experiencing violence within diverse communities within the UK… Overall, the book explores a number of core themes including the different kinds and forms of violence experienced by minority women; the continuum of violence; the role of faith, gender and communities in controlling women and girls and the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality. Most importantly, the book provides suggestions for positive change to the lives of Minority women and children in the UK… The Publicity material for the book states that it provides a valuable resource for scholars, activists, social workers and policy makers. I would go further and say that this book should be read by every politician, police officer and judge as this will greatly assist in saving lives and creating justice.'
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