Looking back, moving forward: International approaches to addressing conflict-related sexual violence

Lesley Pruitt

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Based on a review of existing literature, this article provides an initial analysis of obstacles to addressing impunity for widespread conflict-related sexual violence. First, a background of trends of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in conflict is provided. Tbe article then outlines why addressing impunity is important for building peace and ending conflict-related SGBV. Next, the article presents an overoiew of developments and mechanisms adopted by the international community in an attempt to address impunity. Yet despite these advances, conflict-related sexual violence remains widespread and impunity persists. Tbus, the final section of article sets out one proposal for addressing the problem-increasing the number of women working in international peace operations through the creation of United Nation~sponsored Women's Police Seroice (UNWPS), which would recruit, train, and deploy women's contingents for policing in international peace operations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-321
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Women, Politics & Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • sexual violence
  • conflict
  • policing
  • impunity
  • United Nations (UN)
  • women

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