Sexual violence in conflict

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    The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World

The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World

The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II introduced many to the existence of conflict-related sexual violence. Christine Chinkin, whose work in the field began with the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal in Tokyo, argues that  the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ provides an essential opportunity to preserve the women’s testimony and acknowledge the crimes committed.

Thanks to the work of Japanese […]

December 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The ‘Comfort Women’ of World War II must be honoured in the UNESCO Memory of the World|

Conflict-related sexual violence is a preventable crime, and should be a priority for the new UN Secretary-General

William Hague and Angelina Jolie call for concerted global action to end conflict-related sexual violence and tackle societal attitudes that stigmatise survivors and normalise violence towards women.

The list of problems in the in-tray of the new United Nations Secretary-General will be one of the most daunting ever facing anyone in that position. It is fortunate that in António Guterres, […]

November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Conflict-related sexual violence is a preventable crime, and should be a priority for the new UN Secretary-General|

Documenting a crime “worse than death”

During six months of documenting the sexual violence committed by Syrian army and militias, Marie Forestier discovered that the power of stigma and feelings of helplessness prevented many survivors from speaking. However, as crimes committed by ISIS continue to capture attention whereas those committed by pro-regime forces are under-reported, some women gathered the strength to talk about the abuse they had endured.

“Rape is worse than death. I’m more afraid […]

October 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Documenting a crime “worse than death”|