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

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Korac, M. 2018. Feminists against Sexual Violence in War: The Question of Perpetrators and Victims Revisited. Social Sciences. 7 (10), p. Art. 182.
AuthorsKorac, M.
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.

JournalSocial Sciences
Journal citation7 (10), p. Art. 182
ISSN2076-0760
Year2018
PublisherMDPI
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/socsci7100182
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7100182
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Online30 Sep 2018
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Deposited03 Oct 2018
Accepted26 Sep 2018
Accepted26 Sep 2018
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