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Sexual violence in conflict situations
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DR Congo warlord, Bosco Ntaganda has been recently charged with war crimes by the ICC, which include ordering fighters to rape women and recruit child soldiers. For the first time the issue of sexual violence in conflict situations will be of primary importance at a high-profile trial. In light of this and the 25th Human Rights Council's (March 3 - 28) imminent high-level dialogue on sexual violence in the DRC, the Eldis conflict and security Editor has collated the latest research and resources on sexual violence in conflict situations.

Latest Documents

The environmental crime crisis. threats to sustainable development from illegal exploitation and trade in wildlife and forest resources
C. Nellemann (ed) / GRID Arendal, 2014
Given the alarming pace, level of sophistication, and globalized nature that illegal trade in wildlife has now notoriously achieved, UNEP initiated a Rapid Response Assessment to provide some of the latest data, analysis, and broadest...
Rapid literature review: Gender in Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations
E. Browne; H. Haider; F. Oddsdottir; B. Rohwerder; A. L. Strachan / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, 2014
This rapid review collates a large amount of literature published in 2013 and 2014 (up to April 2014) on the topic of gender in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS). It is not a systematic or exhaustive review, but does pro...
Climate change, conflict, and cooperation: global analysis of the resilience of international river treaties to increased water variability
S. Dinar; D. Katz; L. De Stefano; B. Blankespour / World Bank, 2014
This paper focuses on water variability which is predicted to increase due to climate change. It highlights that such environmental changes may aggravate political tensions, especially in regions that are not equipped with an appropri...
Environmental migration and labor markets in Nepal
J. Maystadt; V. Mueller; A. Sebastian / International Food Policy Research Institute, 2014
This discussion paper focuses on how migration impacts the labour markets of receiving communities in developing countries.  It investigates the impact of weather-driven internal migration on labour markets in a post-confl...
Creating space for women as transformers of conflict
L. Stone / Peace Direct, 2014
What can women contribute to conflict resolution and the achievement of lasting peace? According to this article, creating spaces for women in conflict transformation processes will be a vital agenda for the UN and other st...
“The women of Nigeria have kept the pressure on”: Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee on #BringBackOurGirls | Oxfam America The Politics of Poverty Blog
J. Lentfer / Oxfam America, 2014
In this post to the Oxfam America 'The Politics of Poverty' blog, Liberian Nobel Laureate, and peace and women’s rights activist, Leymah Gbowee talks of the role of women in keeping society together and fostering peace, even in ...
Assessment of the evidence of links between gender equality, peacebuilding and statebuilding: literature review
Overseas Development Institute, 2013
This report provides an overview of the knowledge base on gender-sensitive approaches to peace-building and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS). Although not a systematic review, it uses systematic princi...
Security Council Adopts Resolution 2122 (2013), Aiming to Strengthen Women's Role in All Stages of Conflict Prevention, Resolution: Senior Officials Brief on Progress, Challenges in Implementing Landmark Text
United Nations Security Council, 2013
In 2013, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2122, which aims to strengthen the participation of women in all stages of conflict prevention. The present document is the senior officials brief on the progress and challenges in i...
Literature Review on Gender and Fragility
W. Harcourt / European University Institute, Italy, 2009
This review sets out to provide the background literature on which the emerging analysis of gender and fragility builds with reference to the literature on gender and economic development, gender indicators and gender responsive budge...
Middle Eastern youth and the Arab Spring: cross-national variation and trends in values
M. Moaddel; J. de Jong / Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, 2014
Scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring. There has been little empirical evidence, however, to substantiate this claim and to docume...
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