Sexual Violence in the Context of Armed Conflict’s Criminal, Corrupt and Violent Economies

Meredeth Turshen

February 24, 2016

Integrated Science Complex, 1st floor, Room 1400, UMass Boston

Too often the literature on wartime violence against women emphasizes individualized violence in interpersonal contexts, neglecting the economic and political facts of the conflicts in which the attacks occur. Women's roles change in war zones; the informalisation of war economies offers women new opportunities but also exposes them to new dangers, repeated flight and relocation, capture and coerced labor. This talk reframes sexual violence using case studies of the extractive industries of Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which funded the regional conflicts.
Meredeth Turshen is a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She has written five books, The Political Ecology of Disease in Tanzania (1984), The Politics of Public Health (1989), and Privatizing Health Services in Africa (1999), all published by Rutgers University Press; Women's Health Movements: A Global Force For Change (2007) published by Palgrave Macmillan; and Gender and the Political Economy of Conflict in Africa: The Persistence of Violence (2016) published by Routledge.  Her edited books include: Women and Health in Africa (Africa World Press, 1991), Women's Lives and Public Policy: The International Experience (Greenwood, 1993), What Women Do In Wartime: Gender and Conflict In Africa (Zed Books, 1998), The Aftermath: Women in Postconflict Transformation (Zed Books, 2002), and African Women: A Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She has served on the boards of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, the Committee for Health in Southern Africa, and the Review of African Political Economy, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy.
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