“Pa manyen fanm nan konsa”: Intersectionality, structural violence, and vulnerability before and after Haiti’s earthquake.

Author:

Schuller, M.

Editor:

First

Date:

2015

Region:

Caribbean

Theme:

Gender, Disaster and Intersectionality

Language:

English

Publisher:

Feminist Studies, Inc.

Full Harvard Reference:

Schuller, M. (2015). “Pa manyen fanm nan konsa”: Intersectionality, structural violence, and vulnerability before and after Haiti’s earthquake. Feminist Studies, vol. 41(1): 184-242

This articles analyses gender-based violence in Haiti through an intersectional perspective in order to understand how prevailing structural inequalities shaped women’s lives before, during and after the 2010 earthquake. While the context of disaster has increased the incidence of violence, the article also shows the existence of continuities under ‘normal’ circumstances. The author argues that it is critical to analyse the system of inequality and poverty and how structural violence intersects with multiple forms of oppression based on distinct but overlapping identities to better understand how these pre-existing gender inequalities rendered Haitian women more vulnerable to disasters.