Resources and Support for Youth
Within our “Promoting Reading” project, we are delighted to present a collection of books that address the delicate issue of gender violence. This selection is especially designed for young people and teenagers. With these books, we aim to offer you a unique opportunity to understand the various contexts of aggression towards women. What is our objective? Support those who suffer from it, teach them to identify these situations and provide them with resources to fight against them.
10 books on Gender Violence
Through this literary selection, we will provide a deeper vision of the roots and consequences of this social problem.
These books, written by prominent authors and experts in the field, explore various aspects of gender violence, from its historical presence to contemporary challenges.
El Cementerio de Barcos, de Francisco Castro Veloso
“The Ship Cemetery” tells a brilliant story that addresses love and friendship as a contrast to violence in all its manifestations. The plot, which has overtones of a coming-of-age novel, adventure and mystery, will captivate readers of all ages. When sixteen-year-old David returns to his father’s hometown, where he used to enjoy summer vacations as a child, he is faced with a transformed environment. With his parents divorced and a difficult school year on his back, the prospect of being bored on the Galician coast is not attractive to him, despite his father’s insistence.
However, everything changes when he meets Lucía, a young woman who has just left a toxic and violent relationship. An almost instantaneous complicity arises between them. Together, they will discover an ancient secret kept in the town for decades, revealing the foundations of a corrupt network that threatens to devastate the resources and balance of the town and its inhabitants.
“The Ship Graveyard” is presented as an exciting story that addresses themes of love and friendship, highlighting the importance of dignity and resistance against any form of abuse. Furthermore, the novel serves as a strong call against sexist violence.
El cuento de la criada, de Margaret Atwood
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a dystopian work by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. Set in a distant future in the United States, now known as the Republic of Gilead, the novel offers a bleak look at a totalitarian society. in which women’s rights have been brutally suppressed.
The story is told from the perspective of Offred, a woman who has been turned into a “maid” and assigned to a commander’s house to procreate with him and his wife. In this oppressive world, women have been divided into different classes according to their function: the wives of commanders, the maids assigned for reproduction, the Marthas who take care of domestic tasks and the Aunts, in charge of indoctrinating and controlling the women. women.
Through Offred’s voice, Atwood explores themes such as oppression, government control over women’s bodies, loss of identity, and individual resistance. The narrative is haunting and captivating, with meticulous prose that immerses the reader in the claustrophobic and bleak world of Gilead.
In addition to being a critique of totalitarian regimes and patriarchy, “The Handmaid’s Tale” also offers a reflection on the power of memory and the importance of resistance in the face of oppression. Through Offred’s story, Atwood reminds us of the fragility of human rights and the need to fight for justice and freedom.
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