Sexual violence in conflict

Preventing and punishing sexual violence in war post-Bemba

Following the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo by the International Criminal Court, Louise Arimatsu reflects on what steps might be taken to more effectively address sexual violence in conflict. 

Preventing sexual violence in conflict has been a high priority for the international community for at least the last two decades exemplified by the myriad of policy, legal and institutional measures adopted by […]

November 1st, 2018|Featured, Feminist International Law of Peace & Security, Legal analysis, Sexual Violence in Conflict|Comments Off on Preventing and punishing sexual violence in war post-Bemba|
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    Male survivors are not ’emasculated’ but experience ‘displacement from gendered personhood’

Male survivors are not ’emasculated’ but experience ‘displacement from gendered personhood’

Taking Northern Uganda as a case study, Philipp Schulz explores the intersecting harms experienced by male survivors of sexual violence, and argues that these harms can potentially be mitigated. He suggests that improved understanding – and language – can aid recovery.  

The United Nations Security Council (UN SC) and the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda initially paid insufficient […]

October 26th, 2018|Continuum of Violence, Featured, From the field, Sexual Violence in Conflict|Comments Off on Male survivors are not ’emasculated’ but experience ‘displacement from gendered personhood’|
  • Permalink A Yazidi girl at a camp in Qadiya (Mauricio Lima/New York Times/Redux/Eyevine)Gallery

    To address the plight of Yazidi women we must look beyond the notion of wartime ‘sex slaves’

To address the plight of Yazidi women we must look beyond the notion of wartime ‘sex slaves’

 

In the first in a series exploring the continuum of gender violence across war and peace, Philippa Greer asks us to look beyond sexual violence in conflict by also considering the chronic inequalities of power experienced by Yazidi women before and after ISIS’s genocide against the Yazidis. 

 
“I want to be the last girl in the world with a story […]

October 12th, 2018|Continuum of Violence, Featured, Sexual Violence in Conflict|Comments Off on To address the plight of Yazidi women we must look beyond the notion of wartime ‘sex slaves’|
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    International law and the continuum of gender-based violence

International law and the continuum of gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) occurs throughout the world across times of war and peace, impacting women, LGBTQI people, children and men. Joanne Neenan and Professor Christine Chinkin discuss how the continuum of violence framework may influence International Law and the effect this can have on GBV interventions.

Gender-based violence (GBV) seeps into homes, onto battlefields and follows displaced persons fleeing persecution […]

April 6th, 2017|Featured, Legal analysis|Comments Off on International law and the continuum of gender-based violence|
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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”|