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Gender-based violence: comparing the experiences of Sudanese women in Iowa before and after migration to the United States of America

Nyayang Toang, Augustina Naami

Abstract


Sexism against women has been a global issue for many decades. Although, women have made incredible progress over the years, the problem persists. Sexism affects women regardless of their race, age, culture and socioeconomic status. This research sought to understand the experiences of Sudanese women regarding gender-based violence before and after migration to the United States of America, specifically, the state of Iowa. The study demonstrates the practice of stereotypical gender roles, although there were changes in the role the women played in the United States. Evidence from the study indicates the presence of gender-based violence before and after migrating to the United States. Sensitivity to the Sudanese culture as well as community outreach and empowerment programs could help reduce gender-based violence against Sudanese women while they reside in the United States.

KEY TERMS: Sudan, sexism, gender-based violence, State of Iowa.




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