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How can women mobilise against violence when the authorities who should be serving you are the same people brutally beating you? As the UN Commission on the Status of Women conducts its 57th session in New York, and as part of our collaboration with the Huairou Commission, Patricia Chaves and Suzana Maranhão demonstrate how easily institutions can oppress the communities they should be protecting.

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What these women have experienced and witnessed shows that without a deeper process of transformation, a single programme or public policy is incapable of changing the perverse relationship between common citizens and institutions, such as the police.

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