Connecting the dots: Pre-existing patterns of gender inequality and the likelihood of widespread and systematic sexual violence

Sara E. Davies, Jacqui True

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In this article we explore the relationship between pre-existing patterns of gender inequality and the occurrence of widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). We ask three questions: What do we know about the status of gender inequality in high-risk situations prior to the outbreak of atrocities (which include SGBV)? What can be done to understand the relationship between systemic gender inequality and the use of sexual violence in the particular high-risk situations? And what long-term approaches are necessary to prevent sgbv?.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-85
Number of pages21
JournalGlobal Responsibility to Protect
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Atrocity crime risk
  • Gender
  • Inequality
  • Sexual and gender based violence

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