Bodies as Battlefields: the Prevalence of Sexual Violence Towards Women in Armed Conflict and the Impact of IGO Interventions by NATO and the UN (1989-2009)

TitleBodies as Battlefields: the Prevalence of Sexual Violence Towards Women in Armed Conflict and the Impact of IGO Interventions by NATO and the UN (1989-2009)
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFeil, Julia Zimmerman
Academic DepartmentHistory, Politics & International Relations
DegreeMA
Number of Pages117
Date Published2018
UniversityWebster University
CityWebster Groves
Thesis TypeMA
Abstract

Armed conflict comes in many forms and brings with it different repercussions for the societies in which it occurs. One of these repercussions is often conflict-related sexual violence, particularly towards women and girls. Sexual violence during armed conflict can be a strategic tool enlisted in battle, a way of forming troop cohesion or even result from an opportunity to exploit and abuse individuals for personal benefits. Although we are aware of some of the underlying mechanisms that allow for the prevalence of sexual violence in armed conflicts, it remains difficult to identify patterns in its occurrence. Additionally, what can be done to curb the prevalence of sexual violence during armed conflict deserves further investigation. In this research, I explore peacekeeping by intergovernmental organizations – in this case, NATO, and the UN – as a tool for addressing conflict-related sexual violence.

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