Michelle Gunawan


We define a culture by the values, customs, and norms shared among social groups. Gender roles are a pervasive feature across various cultures. When laws reinforce these norms, they shape the types of violence, struggles, or triumphs that characterise our narratives. In this Special Issue, we intend to create a space for personal narratives alongside academic scholarship. By including both types of discourse, we seek to broaden critical scholarship with the candid voice and lived experience. We know that issues of gender and culture are not widely understood, and we know they attract certain stereotypes and assumptions. We want to show how culture can silence but how culture can also liberate.

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