Wartime Sexual Violence: Women’s Human Rights and Questions of Masculinity

TitleWartime Sexual Violence: Women’s Human Rights and Questions of Masculinity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsAlison, Miranda
JournalReview of International Studies
Volume33
Issue01
Pagination75-90
Date Published01/2007
Abstract

This article examines wartime sexual violence, one of the most recurring wartime human rights abuses. It asserts that our theorisations need further development, particularly in regard to the way that masculinities and the intersections with constructions of ethnicity feature in wartime sexual violence. The article also argues that although women and girls are the predominant victims of sexual violence and men and boys the predominant agents, we must also be able to account for the presence of male victims and female agents. This, however, engenders a problem; much of the women’s human rights discourse and existing international mechanisms for addressing wartime sexual violence tend to reify the male-perpetrator/female-victim paradigm. This is a problem which feminist human rights theorists and activists need to address.

URLhttp://journals.cambridge.org/article_S0260210507007310
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