Recognizing Gender-Based Violence in Armed Conflict: Incorporating the Voices of Women in International Humanitarian Law


Paaso, Amber Cherri. 2004. “Recognizing Gender-Based Violence in Armed Conflict: Incorporating the Voices of Women in International Humanitarian Law.” Master's thesis, Florida Atlantic University.

Author: Amber Cherri Paaso


This study seeks to examine the influence of patriarchal forces, at both the local and global level, that have historically resulted in the lack of recognition of gender-specific crimes committed during and after armed conflict. By incorporating the testimonies of Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian women, this study attempts to understand sexual violence from the standpoint of women who experienced these crimes during the War in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1991-1995). Theories of Third World feminisms, in addition to feminist critiques concerning rape and international law, will inform this analysis of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). I intend to show that despite greater recognition of sexual violence during armed conflict in IHL,  patriarchal forces continue to obfuscate the gender-specificity of these crimes.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Feminisms, Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, Gendered Power Relations, Patriarchy, International Law, International Humanitarian Law IHL, Sexual Violence, Rape Regions: Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe Countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia

Year: 2004

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