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Prejudice and discrimination: the bases of violence against women

Violence against women is not new in human history. It is part of a socio-historical system that ruled women a lower ranking in the scale of metaphysic perfection and produced strength of asymmetric relations between men and women in our society. Therefore, this study aims to analyze how prejudice, discrimination and intolerance are formed as a predicative of gender violence, bringing to this discussion the interpenetration of three separate aspects: sex/gender, race/ethnicity and social class. Despite the statistics of violence against women around the world and the social, political and legal advances in the fight against violence, we defend the necessity of human rights to find out effective instruments in the promulgation of citizenship and women rights.

Prejudice; Discrimination; Violence; Women rights

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