Reframing conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence: bringing gender analysis back in

Sara E Davies, Jacqueline Marie True

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Over the past decade, significant global attention has been paid to the issue of widespread and systematic sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). To contribute to the prevention of SGBV, researchers have examined the relationship between the presence of armed conflict and the causes of SGBV. Much of this causal literature has focused on the individual and group perpetrator dynamics that fuel SGBV. However, we argue that research needs to lay bare the roots of SGBV in normalized and systemic gender discrimination. This article brings back structural gender inequality as a causal explanation for SGBV. In order to better understand and prevent SGBV, we propose a critical knowledge base that identifies causal patterns of gendered violence by building on existing indicators of gender discrimination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495 - 512
Number of pages18
JournalSecurity Dialogue
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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