The Civic Origins of Progressive Policy Change: Combating Violence against Women in Global Perspective, 1975–2005

  title={The Civic Origins of Progressive Policy Change: Combating Violence against Women in Global Perspective, 1975–2005},
  author={Mala Htun and S. L. Weldon},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={548 - 569}
Over the past four decades, violence against women (VAW) has come to be seen as a violation of human rights and an important concern for social policy. Yet government action remains uneven. Some countries have adopted comprehensive policies to combat VAW, whereas others have been slow to address the problem. Using an original dataset of social movements and VAW policies in 70 countries over four decades, we show that feminist mobilization in civil society—not intra-legislative political… Expand
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