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Family Violence in Men’s Accounts: Conclusions and Implications
From the moment they were given the opportunity to speak out on the subject of family violence, women have not ceased to do so. The disclosures began with women’s testimonies at the 1995 Arab Women’s Tribunal held in Beirut as a prelude to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, known as the Beijing Conference (Sidawi, 1998). As work to break the silence about family violence was set in motion, opportunities to speak on the subject multiplied. Subsequently, women’s statements – especially from survivors of family violence – have reached a diverse audience. Women’s grievances have been expressed in testimonies and documented in field studies; they have inspired works of art and literature, mostly from women’s perspectives. All of this has created the impression that women’s voices dominate the subject. However, some women’s organizations today are attempting to engage men in their activities to achieve gender equality in general and fight violence against women in particular. Consequently, men are being given a voice in the discussion, in an attempt to further enrich it.
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