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Leema Noorzai

    In following ways the challenges would differ to Mercy if she lived in my community:

    Risk Factors:

    1. Strict Gender Roles and Education Restrictions:
    – The cultural norm (i.e., this is not accepted by all but reinforced by the government in power) of restricting women and girls from attending schools and universities reinforces traditional gender roles, limiting educational opportunities for women and contributing to unequal power dynamics.

    2. Government Enforcement of Gender Norms:
    – The risk is intensified by government policies that enforce and punish women who deviate from traditional gender roles. This institutionalized control can contribute to a climate where violence against women is perpetuated.

    3. Limited Autonomy and Decision-Making:
    – The restriction on women’s decision-making power, both within the family and society, increases the risk of gender-based violence as it perpetuates a culture where women are seen as subordinate to men.

    4. Chaperone Requirement:
    – Requiring women to have a male chaperone when leaving the house not only restricts their freedom but also makes them more vulnerable to potential violence if they are perceived to be in violation of this rule.

    Protective Factors:

    1. Community Support Networks:
    – Despite the challenges, the presence of strong community support networks could act as a protective factor, offering emotional support and resources to women facing difficulties.

    2. Potential Advocacy from Women’s Groups:
    – If women’s rights organizations and advocacy groups are active in the community, they could serve as a protective force, advocating for gender equality and supporting women facing violence.

    3. Religious Values Emphasizing Justice:
    – Interpretations of religious values that emphasize justice and equality may serve as a potential protective factor, providing a foundation for challenging discriminatory practices.

    Situational Triggers:

    1. Government Sanctions and Enforcement:
    – A significant situational trigger is the enforcement by the government, where punitive measures can escalate tensions and increase the risk of violence against women who challenge traditional norms.

    2. Household Power Dynamics:
    – Household power dynamics, where men are the primary decision-makers, may serve as a situational trigger, leading to violence when women attempt to assert autonomy or challenge established norms.

    3. Policing of Women’s Behavior:
    – The strict monitoring of women’s behavior, including restrictions on leaving the house without a male chaperone, creates a situation where any perceived deviation from prescribed norms may lead to violence.

    4. Absence of Legal Protection:
    – The absence of effective legal protections for women, especially when challenging traditional gender roles, can be a significant situational trigger, leaving women vulnerable to violence without legal recourse.