A comparative study of women environmental defenders’ antiviolent success strategies

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This research advances knowledge on the understudied topics of violence against women and their contributions to ecological movements through a multiple case study analysis of 25 women defenders listed in the EJAtlas, an environmental conflict database. Women's mobilization is often constrained within cultural contexts limiting them to gendered spaces and roles and punishing them with multiple violences. Women defenders’ distinctly gendered violent experiences thus inform their perspectives, narratives, and advocacy. Women defenders assert authority and achieve movement success by emphasizing aspects of identity within and despite unevenly faced barriers, brutality, and burdens. These multi-faceted tactics contribute to emancipation beyond just women and their communities by dismantling violent hegemonies while promoting alternative, inclusive, and antiviolent visions of environmental justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-138
Number of pages13
JournalGeoforum (Print)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • EJAtlas
  • Environmental defenders
  • Environmental justice
  • Success
  • Violence
  • Women


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