Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals, nº 133

An intersectional perspective on forced marriage as a form of gender violence

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Sònia Parella, Berta Güell and Paola Contreras

Sònia Parella, profesora titular, Departamento de Sociología, CER-Migracions, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( ORCID:

Berta Güell, investigadora principal, CIDOB ( ORCID:

Paola Contreras, profesora asistente, Departamento de Educación, Universidad de Tarapacá ( ORCID:

In recent years, forced marriage as a manifestation of violence against women has entered the public agenda in European Union countries. This is partly due to higher numbers of migrants from regions where it is a regular practice. This paper aims to show the different ways violence manifests itself in forced marriage, both symbolically and practically – in terms of experiences – based on a qualitative sample of women with a range of migration backgrounds residing in Catalonia. The intersectional gender approach of the analysis enables the interaction to be considered of various factors when it comes to understanding contexts of risk and violence, as well as exit strategies from forced marriage.

Keywords: forced marriage, arranged marriage, migrant women, agency, Spain

How to cite this article: Parella, Sònia; Güell, Berta y Contreras, Paola. «Los matrimonios forzados como forma de violencia de género desde un enfoque interseccional». Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, n.º 133 (abril de 2023), p. 137-159. DOI:

Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, nº 133, p. 137-159
Quadrimestral (Januay-April 2023)
ISSN:1133-6595 | E-ISSN:2013-035X

Reception date: 07.10.22  ; Acceptance date:  13.01.23

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