Feminists Against Sexual Violence in War: The Question of Perpetrators and Victims Revisited

TitleFeminists Against Sexual Violence in War: The Question of Perpetrators and Victims Revisited
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKorac, Maja
JournalSocial Sciences
Volume7
Issue10
Start PageArticle number 182
Pagination1-13
Date Published09/2018
Abstract

This article reflects upon feminist activism and analyses of sexual victimisation of women in war during the 1990s. It critically examines the reasons for the continuation of this type of violence against women, despite its recognition as a war crime; the recognition that marked one of the significant achievements of feminist activism during the last decade of the 20th century. The discussion points to the centrality of sexual violence in war for the system of gender based violence (GBV) against both women and men in war. It argues that a relational understanding of the gendered processes of victimisation in war is critical. This approach enables an acknowledgement that sexual violence in war and rape, as one of its expressions, is a violent political act that is highly gendered both in its causes and consequences, and, as such, it affects both women and men. This article provides an overall argument for the need of feminist scholarship and activism to engage with these differently situated experiences and practices of victimisation in war, to ‘unmake’ it.

URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/7/10/182
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