Victoria Ferrer Pérez

University of the Balearic Islands

Preventing violence against women and girls: the role of the social network

Participants: Esperanza Bosch Fiol1; Virginia Ferreiro Basurto1; Andrés Sánchez Prada2; Carmen Delgado Álvarez2

1 University of the Balearic Islands; 2 Pontifical University of Salamanca

Symposium Summary

The multicausal explanatory models indicate that the acceptance and tolerant beliefs and the attitudes towards violence against women and girls constitute one of the most important socio-cultural risk factors for their occurrence and maintenance.

In this regard, research shows that these social beliefs and attitudes vary over time and cultures and are influenced by individual, organizational and community factors. Thus, among others, the effects of factors such as gender or cultural level have drawn special attention.

This symposium will consider the role of education for the prevention and change of these attitudes based on some of the results of our recent research showing how curricular and extracurricular training have an effect on the attitudes towards intimate partner violence against women in young people.

Short CV

Professor of Social Psychology of Gender at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).

She is teaching in the Psychology degree, and the Master degree in Gender Equality Policies and Prevention of Gender Violence at UIB, and she leads and participates as academic in masters, postgraduate courses and training activities on social psychology of gender, violence based on gender, policies of equal opportunities and equality plans, both in Spanish and Latin American universities, as well as in private entities and public administrations of the Balearic Islands and the rest of the Spanish state.

She is co-director of the “Universitat d’Estiu d’Estudis de Gènere” (Summer University of Gender Studies) since its launch in 1997.

In the research field, she is a member of the research group "Gender Studies" at UIB and she coordinates in this university the Interuniversity Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, which is jointly taught by 8 Spanish universities.

She has led and participated as a researcher in national and regional projects on gender psychology and, especially, on gender violence, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and Instituto de la Mujer [Women's Institute].

She is author of Feminismo y Psicología Social (Group 5, 2017) and co-author of  “Violence against women: Love as alibi” (Anthropos, 2013), “Incorporation of the content of equal opportunities and gender in degree”(UIB, 2011), “The patriarchal labyrinth” (Anthropos, 2006), “The voice of the invisible. The victims of a bad love that kills” (Cátedra, Colección Feminismos, 2002), “Assetjament sexual i violència de gènere”[Sexual harassment and gender violence] (Documenta, 2000) or “History of misogyny” (Anthropos, 1999). Also, she is author of more than 35 book chapters and 130 articles published in national and international scientific specialized journals and, especially, on the social psychology of gender and gender-based violence.

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