‘That Thing of Human Rights’: Discourse, Emergency Assistance, and Sexual Violence in South Sudan's Current Civil War

Title‘That Thing of Human Rights’: Discourse, Emergency Assistance, and Sexual Violence in South Sudan's Current Civil War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLuedke, Alicia Elaine, and Hannah Faye Logan
JournalDisasters
Volume42
IssueS1
PaginationS99 - S118
Date Published12/2017
Abstract

This paper demonstrates how the narrow focus on sexual violence as a ‘weapon of war’, and the broader emergency lens through which the plight of civilians, especially women, has been viewed, are overly simplistic, often neglecting the root causes of such violence. More specifically, it highlights how dominant discourses on sexual violence in South Sudan's conflict have disregarded the historically violent civil-military relations that have typified the SPLM/A's leadership, and the structural violence connected with the local political economy of bride wealth and the associated commodification of feminine identities and bodies. [Abstract from the Authors]

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