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How Violent Economic 'Reforms' Contribute to Violence Against Women

The Delhi gang rape victim has triggered a social revolution - we must sustain it, deepen it, expand it, notes author.

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And while we do all this, we need to change the ruling paradigm which is imposed on us in the name of "growth" and which is fuelling increasing crimes against women. Ending violence against women includes moving beyond the violent economy shaped by capitalist patriarchy to non-violent peaceful economies which give respect to women and the Earth.

Dr Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecofeminist, philosopher, activist, and author of more than 20 books and 500 papers. She is the founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, and has campaigned for biodiversity, conservation and farmers' rights - winning the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1993.

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Activist and physicist Vandana Shiva is founder and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She is author of more than three hundred papers in leading journals and numerous books, including Monocultures of the Mind: Biodiversity, Biotechnology, and the Third World and Earth Democracy. Vandana is a founding director of International Forum on Globalization.
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