Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW)
Organization profile published 1983
Year Published: 1983
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2709
WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN is a radical feminist group committed to identifying and combatting violence against women in all its forms. It maintains that sex oppression is universal and results in a denial of self-determinatin for women, which is violent in itself. The manifestations of this denial are recognized in subtle forms of violence to women such as sexist advertising anmd pronography as well as the more obvious rape and women battering.
WAVAW sees the cause of these various forms of violence to women as being a result of a "patriarchal sex-caste structure," in which men have power by virture of being male and women have power only through their relationships with men. "The patriarchal structure protects perpetrators of misogyny and the destruction of women." This theory is the basis for the political action of WAVAW. Actions include the Take Back the Night March, pickets of theatres, petitions and letter campaigns. Education in the forms of panel discussions and conferences in an ongoing activity. Currently research is being done on pornography and the exx industry in Toronto.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.