Securitizing Sex? Towards a Theory of the Utility of Wartime Sexual Violence

Citation:

Mackenzie, Megan. 2010. “Securitizing Sex? Towards a Theory of the Utility of Wartime Sexual Violence.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 12 (2): 202–21.

Author: Megan Mackenzie

Abstract:

Visions of the post-conflict reintegration process in Sierra Leone as a moment of healing, reconstruction, opportunitity and rehabilitation do not take into account the experience of women and girls who were raped during the conflict. For them, the post-conflict period is often characterized by trauma, silence and stigmatization. This article examines wartime rape in relation to the liberal family model and the perception of sex as a 'private' social concern rather than a public security issue.

Keywords: development, gender, post-conflict reconstruction, Securitization, sexual violence, Sierra Leone, war rape

Topics: Armed Conflict, Security, Sexual Violence, SV against women

Year: 2010

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