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By Jennifer R. Wies, Hillary J. Haldane

Anthropology on the entrance strains of Gender-Based Violence is a huge and obtainable quantity, with a really worldwide method of knowing the lives of front-line staff in women's shelters, anti-violence corporations, and outreach teams. usually written from a first-person viewpoint, those essays study govt staff, volunteers, and nongovernmental association staff to offer an essential photograph of functional techniques to scuffling with gender-based violence.

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In the early stages of this Herculean relief effort, there were no ambulances available. Yet to my surprise, the woman refused any transport to a local hospital. She explained to me that as a single mother, she would rather risk losing “this one” (pointing to her belly) than run the risk of losing her three other children in the evacuee chaos. There was nothing to be done; there were no child-care or support facilities to assist her at that time. I had witnessed such stark life-and-death realities in developing areas of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, but I could not grasp that such a scenario was 19 20â•…â•… Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence possible here in the United States of America.

As I increasingly internalized the experiences of other women, I put aside my role as detached observer and became a full-fledged participant. This shift in focus forms the basis of my reflexive ethnographic narrative.

I then suggested that it would be wonderful to see FEMA implement gender awareness throughout their policies and procedures. One of the staffers, a man, said, with determined look, that yes, FEMA should consider gender-based policies and he would put me in touch with the national disability coordinator of FEMA. ” Brilliant. Of course I then had to wonder whether 26â•…â•… Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence we would have had the same conversation if I were male. Although I have since met with my nation’s disability coordinator (whom I found to be a compassionate, though overworked, woman with a disability), I am not aware of any substantive gender-specific disaster aid efforts that developed from our encounters.

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