Reforming Legal Responses to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region

Conflict Research Small Grants Programme

Principal Investigator: Güley Bor
Duration: October 2018 – June 2019
Supported by: Social Science Research Council

An Iraqi woman from Mosul carries her son at the Garmava transit camp, located near a checkpoint on the road between Mosul and Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: UNHCR/S. Baldwin

Conflict-related sexual violence has been widespread in Iraq. The most recent example was the Islamic State conflict, where thousands of women were subjected to sexual slavery. Domestic laws remain insufficient to address the problems faced by women who have been affected by conflict-related sexual violence.

This project analyses the extent to which existing domestic laws and practices surrounding conflict-related sexual violence response are being implemented and suggests how these laws should be reformed to provide better response to female survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. It further seeks to examine needs of survivors to provide a framework of administrative reparations which protect the survivors’ interests. The project aims to inform policy discussions in this area by providing an advocacy tool for Iraqi and Kurdish politicians, NGOs, and international development agencies and initiatives, including the UK Department for International Development and the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

Project Outputs

Research Team


Güley Bor | Principal Investigator 

Güley is an international lawyer and researcher with a focus on gender in Iraq and Turkey.



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