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Winsome Nenewa
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    Mercy’s story shows the different levels of the socio-ecological model and the factors of gender inequality that can enable VAW or VAW could worsen gender inequalities.
    Individual Level – Mercy’s history and experience where she is given less priority to education or more chores than her brothers. – When she gets married, she is beaten to be submissive to her husband. She is not educated, she does not have to make decisions.

    Interpersonal Level – Gender roles at home, men and boys do fewer household chores and have a lot of free time to spare while women and girls roles are more reproductive roles and additional income activities that are suited for women such as selling local produce at the market. There is pressure from one income source so it causes disagreement and violence at home.

    Community: Girls marry at an early age to older men. Mercy was pregnant at 17 years of age, it is shameful to be a single mother, she had no choice but to marry. The church plays a role in training women to be good wives and mothers but nothing is mentioned for men and boys trained to be good husbands or fathers. If the women or girls don’t meet those obligations they can be beaten up.

    Society: The policy for beating your wife is illegal. How can it help women when it is a private matter and done behind closed doors? How can she speak up when it is a social norm that is how a husband shows his love for his wife? – When she gets married, she is beaten to be submissive to her husband.
    – Although Mercy thinks Angela should have a different opportunity than herself, she doesn’t see how that can be possible as she knows that Clinton will not allow it. If she says something about income she will be beaten.
    -Violence causes women and girls to be silent to seek opportunities to change because of fear and bruises are reminders that men are dominant in the family and community.