P@x: Focus on sexual violence in amed conflicts

07 February 2012

IANSA women at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal have released the latest issue of their online bulletin P@x. This edition focuses on ‘Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts’ one of the most controversial and difficult topics in the realm of the reflection on the history of war and, in particular, the wars of the 20th century. The articles provide useful insight and background as we prepare for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee from 13-17 February 2012, and in our advocacy for measures to prevent gender based violence and sexual violence against women to be included in the ATT.

It is evident that sexual violence and the rape of women is not only a "normal" consequence of armed situations, but also a weapon of war, a strategic instrument deliberately aimed at breaking the enemy's resistance and creating effective mechanisms of domination through the transformation of the female bodies into a space of political struggle and a token of absolute supremacy.

This edition of P@x includes:

  • Wartime Rape as a Weapon of Propaganda
  • Honour and Respectability: The Silencing of Sexual Violence by German Soldiers after WW2
  • With the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda We Reached a Point of No Return in Respect to Prosecuting Sexual Violence
  • Bodies Louder Than Death: Palestinian Women Resisting
  • Do We Have To Go To War To Be At War? Mozambique and Timor-Leste: Nationalisms, Women and Sexual Violence

It is available online at: http://www.ces.uc.pt/publicacoes/p@x/pdf/P@x18en.pdf

Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra