'Something heavy.something light': the multifaceted lived experiences, opinions and emotions of women experiencing gender-based violence in Freetown, Sierra Leone'.Paper at SfAA. Sustainable Futures, Philadelphia. April 3-7 2018


"Something heavy/something light": the multifaceted lived experiences,opinions and emotions of women experiencing gender-based violence in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Abstract

Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork on (sexual) relationships and gender-based violence in post-war and post Ebola Freetown this paper maps the multi-layered positions, emotions and attitudes of women who experience GBV. Rather than assuming a position of resilience or victimhood, it is the women who define their experiences and my work is based on their positioning and terminologies.

I accompanied my respondents in their day-to-day lives and conducted life history interviews. My respondents’ experiences are analysed based on their positioning, their trajectories and daily lived realities as well as broader social, economic, and cultural conditions.

Conference

Sustainable Futures, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. 3-7 April. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Pennsylvania

Theme: Sustainable Futures

organised by the Society for Applied Anthropology

link to SfAA Homepage and Meeting.

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