Bringing a gender perspective to international law and armed conflict has frequently centred upon the topic of women as victims of sexual violence.
Women’s experiences in armed conflict are often understood through the binary of women as victims/peacemakers and men as perpetrators/saviours. Both international and domestic legal spaces and media outlets contribute to narrow gendered narratives around people’s lived realities during armed conflict. Absent from these discussions is the inclusion of alternative experiences, which include women who perpetrate crimes and men who are victims of sexual violence. Highlighting the existence of these experiences does not negate the work done to address women as victims, but rather brings nuance to the way we understand armed conflict.
This event will bring together three different perspectives on alternative experiences in armed conflict in order to show the importance of including multiple strands of feminist thought within international and domestic legal spaces. Ultimately, it will be shown that without the inclusion of these nuanced perspectives, on the lived experiences of armed conflict, we cannot achieve transformative reconciliation and peace.
The event is a part of the Gendered Peace project which is funded by the European Research Council. The Gendered Peace project interrogates concepts of gender within contemporary forms of violence and map the nature of gendered violence in different spaces and manifestations over time.
Sheri Labenski is a Research Officer in the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she works on the European Research Council grant entitled, Gendered Peace.
Christina Taylor is Doctoral Researcher at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University.
Leila Ullrich is a Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary University of London and a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate at the University of Oxford.
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