Gender Violence: The Hidden War Crime

Citation:

Aafjes, Astrid. 1998. Gender Violence: The Hidden War Crime. Washington, DC: Women, Law & Development International.

Author: Astrid Aafjes

Abstract:

Sexual violence has been practiced against women during armed conflicts since the beginning of warfare, but until recently the international community perceived and accepted such gender-based abuse as an inevitable byproduct of war. Rape and other forms of sexual abuse have been explicitly or implicitly prohibited by most international and regional human rights and humanitarian laws for decades.  Almost every country in the world has ratified and signed one or more of these instruments and, therefore, has obligations under multiple treaties to protect women against sexual violence during armed conflict. Yet rape remains the least condemned war crime. (Google Books)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, International Law, Justice, War Crimes, Sexual Violence, Rape, SV against women

Year: 1998

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