Gender violence is one of the forms of violence with the greatest social impact, both because of the high percentage of the population affected and because of the degree of social acceptance and normalization it enjoys. Violence against women is mostly exercised in the private sphere, which makes it difficult to detect and prosecute.
The violence that women suffer is directly linked to the unequal distribution of power and the asymmetric relations established between men and women, which perpetuates the devaluation of everything that is considered “feminine” and its subordination to masculinity.
Sexism, although in retreat as a public discourse, continues to be very present in the private space, where gender-based violence is mostly produced. Thus, the most unsafe space for women is the private space, where abuse and violence are perpetrated by people they know in a “supposedly safe” space, making it a very invisible violence.
Cities and territories of peace must promote policies that incorporate the gender perspectives, to commit to local feminist policies and to put the prevention of discrimination and violence against women and LGBTQ groups at the center.