Structural violence refers to the often invisible patterns of inequality that lead to exclusion and lack of opportunity. These patterns are often composed of ideologies, stigmas or language around gender, race, class, and other markers of social identity. Structural forms of violence are often ‘normalized’ and embedded in the daily reality of people affected by it. Discussions of structural violence are important and complex because they involve accounting for the individual experience while seeking to understand those experiences within the broader social, structural, cultural, and historical contexts in which they occur.
Working in partnership with youth, academic researchers, community-based knowledge users and government partners, Voices against Violence: Youth Stories Create Change will work with diverse research groups in order to understand the various aspects of structural violence – including racism, classism, homophobia, ableism and others – from the perspectives of people of ages 16 to 24.