Sexual Violence in War: New Understandings and New Responses

September 29, 2014

The event seeks to interrogate the “common wisdom” about sexual violence in war and bring to bear perspectives from scholarly research, public health initiatives and law that suggest ways forward in terms of both prevention and redress. The first panel will explore emerging research that has unsettled the now-established discourse on gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence, in war and the policy approaches that discourse can foster. It will include public health perspectives on wartime gender and sexual violence, including understandings of the fuller context of the implications of sexual violence. The second panel will look at the contributions and limitations of law and legal frameworks in efforts to prevent gender-based violence in armed conflict, to respond to the full range of needs and interests of survivors, and to hold perpetrators accountable in complex and diverse circumstances.

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