Questioning “Resilience”

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RightsViews article by Stephanie Ann Euber
Monday, June 5, 2017

In a new RightsViews article, Stephanie Ann Euber, a winner of the 2017 Human Rights Essay Contest through the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, questions the words we use to talk about women who have survived gender-based violence.

Euber states that while resiliency language is important for creating a "a space of strength rather than a space of  stigmatization", it also moves the discussion of violence against women away from the problems of patriarchal violence and applauds individual women for the personal characteristics that have enabled them to survive such horrors. "Patriarchal violence risks being normalized as something women must endure."

Euber earned her M.A. in human rights from Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in May 2017. Her research interests include gender-based violence, gender and conflict, and feminism.

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