Sexual Violence against Women in Armed Conflicts: Standard Responses and New Ideas


Zinsstag, Estelle. 2006. “Sexual Violence against Women in Armed Conflicts: Standard Responses and New Ideas.” Social Policy and Society 5 (1): 137–48.

Author: Estelle Zinsstag


This article aims to assess ways in which different justice schemes may operate together for an improved legal and political response to victims of sexual crimes in the aftermath of armed conflicts. The article will briefly present the problem of sexual violence against women in armed conflict. It will then consider the evolution of criminal justice in regard to this crime, the results of recent attempts to implement truth and reconciliation processes, as well as briefly assess reparation schemes. Finally it will suggest a series of measures for coordinating the various schemes of justice in a way that guarantees women’s rights in the aftermath of a conflict.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Justice, International Tribunals & Special Courts, Reparations, TRCs, Post-Conflict, Rights, Women's Rights, Sexual Violence, SV against Women

Year: 2006

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