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1 January 2020

Urban Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in transnational perspective: reflections from Brazilian women in London

Publication: International Development Planning Review
Volume 42, Number 1


This article explores the nature of urban Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) among Brazilian migrants in London from a transnational perspective. Through adapting the continuum approach to understanding VAWG from a multi-scalar and non-hierarchical viewpoint, the article develops a ‘transnational continuum of urban VAWG’ highlighting the diversity of types of gender-based violence (GBV) across individual, community, city, state and transnational scales over time. Drawing on research with Brazilians in London, VAWG emerges as multi-dimensional, complex and endemic, especially in the public sphere and with transnational continuities. Underpinning the VAWG continuum is recognition that a transnational lens is essential in understanding the causes of GBV rooted in patriarchal gender inequalities which emerge as very resistant in reconfiguring violence among Brazilians in London. In turn, these causes intersect with various risk factors, many of which are linked with the transnational migrant experience, especially insecure immigration status and limited English language proficiency.

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International Development Planning Review
Volume 42Number 1January 2020
Pages: 93 - 112


Published online: 1 January 2020
Published in print: January 2020


  1. Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
  2. transnational migration
  3. Brazilian migrants
  4. urban violence
  5. London



Cathy McIlwaine [email protected]
Cathy McIlwaine is Professor of Development Geography and Yara Evans is Research Assistant at King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS; e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Cathy McIlwaine is Professor of Development Geography and Yara Evans is Research Assistant at King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS; e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

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