Violence against women has been a great fight in Argentina. The magnitude that violence and abuse of women has on a society is unmeasurable. It has a rippling effect on the health system and the future generations is not going to stop until the violence stops. Up until recent the consequences of domestic violence and rape in Argentina were not fearful enough nor properly enforced. The startling numbers of abuse put policies into action in
Reframing violence against women is reinforcing what we know about health, illness, and medicine. In this week’s material we listened to Dr. Sperlich explain the effects of abuse on women, most importantly the fact that those affects are not short-term. It is lifelong. We know that abuse affects us emotionally and physically. We know women require proper health services and are often denied or neglected. Argentina knows all of this, too. Making more awareness of abuse against women does challenge their health system and also it reinforces what we know. For example, awareness will in return overload health services, by opening the door for victims to seek mental health assistance. Increasing awareness will decrease the amount of women hiding their abuse. With awareness, fear turns intoprotests, protests turn into movements, movements turn into global assistance.
The world justice project has made large advancements in reframing violence against Argentinean women in both legal promotion and community awareness. They have strategies and many different programs including women’s/human rights organizations and NGOs. Also including a partnership with judiciary personnel devoted to achieve gender equality and stop violence against women. What they need is both NGOs and government intuitions to work together. Which is beginning with the help of the new president.
For example, due to the startling number of women who died from gender-based violence in 2012 the Women’s Comprehensive Protection Law was passed to increase the maximum sentence to life in prison for what is categorized as femicide as aggravated homicide.
Which in theory should have a crippling effect on the populations behavior. But, according to the United State supreme court, in 2016 there were 254 femicides in Argentina. An increase from the previous years. Which leads to believe the legislation in place is not stopping the violence nor saving lives. There is many protests and constant campaigning for the women in Argentina. The work to eliminate the violence against women has sparked the opposite reaction in the male population. These empowered women are taking the streets to be brave and strong. To stop the femicides and the abuse. However, the men do not want to relinquish the power they have held over the women all this time.
Intergenerational trauma challenges the biomedicine model in its name. The biomedicine model is for short term concepts. The Intergenerational trauma needs to be evaluated by anything but short term. For example, the affect that abuse has on mother can deeply affect the child. The vicious cycle is more like a vicious long line of trauma. A troubling aspect is the more disadvantaged of a woman you are the more likely you are to become a victim of abuse or violence such as women in rural population as stated by Gender Equality in Argentina by the University of Gothenburg. The women of Argentina are women living in a country cripples with poverty, they are already at a disadvantage and vulnerable.
Intergenerational trauma reinforces biochemical and mechanical models of health. It has a clear series of events connected to the affects and violence. Intergenerational trauma is a type of trauma that can have a domino effect throughout someone’s life, with the initial trauma being the origin. This kind of trauma reinforces what we know, an abused mother or parent can largely affect the child in the same way. It is a direct correlation. What the child sees, the child does, in some cases. But this intergenerational trauma will also challenge their family dynamic and the mental health of everyone involved. It will continue down the family chain as shown in by Bombay in the readings. It is very evident the consequences of abuse. In Argentina the president thinks that increased discipline will make the change we need, but that doesn’t solve the current damage and hurt individuals that need help and we know that those individuals can continue to hurt others while being aware of the consequences.