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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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BELLO-URREGO, Alejandra del Rocío. Sex/gender, violence and human rights: conceptual perspectives for approaching gender-based violence against women from the health sector. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2013, vol.42, n.1, pp.108-119. ISSN 0034-7450.

Based upon the public health sector perspective, this article explores conceptual approaches to address the issue of gender violence against women. Object: To consider the election of an analysis framework regarding the phenomenon of violence against women in the health sector, in the light of the political implications of becoming a woman in the midst of a specific social order. Methodology: Expert review of scientific literature published on free-access data bases so as to identify the most commonly used interpretation frameworks with regard to the phenomenon of violence against women in order to explain its political implications according to a specific social order. Conclusions and results: Becoming woman implies participation in social aspects from an inequity stemming from structural power. This is the reason why violence against women can never be considered away from its roots. i.e., a society that assigns to women social roles that imply diminished possibilities of access to the use of power through a sex/gender system which is binary, hierarchic and exclusive. In public health areas, the selection of interpretation frameworks that do not take into account the structural origin of violence against women contribute to their invisibilization and even to perpetuate it, independently from the conscience of the researcher on the basis of the political burden arising from the use of such frameworks to the detriment of others, or the intention of objectivity regarding frameworks with a heavy political burden that contribute to the maintenance of a sex/gender binary, hierarchic and excluding structure.

Palavras-chave : Sex; gender; frames of interpretation; human rights; violence based on gender.

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