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Sexual Violence in Conflict

Conflict-related sexual violence remains pervasive across the globe, and incidence of its widespread use has been reported in Rwanda, Liberia, Northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

As world leaders prepare to gather in London for the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict (10-13 June 2014), it is important that they focus their attention on the multiple forms of sexual violence that occur in all conflict and conflict-affected settings, not just on its use as a ‘weapon of war’. This will be critical to ensuring that access to care and support for all survivors of sexual violence is improved and that these essential resources are delivered across state, humanitarian and development agencies, avoiding the creation of parallel and hierarchical support systems.

This guide provides summaries and links to some highly relevant readings on the issue, including a newly published Rapid Response Briefing ‘Addressing Sexual Violence in and Beyond the ‘Warzone’’ from the Institute of Development Studies.

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Addressing Sexual Violence in and Beyond the 'Warzone'
P. Oosterhoff,; E. Mills,; M. Oosterom, / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
Conflict-related sexual violence remains pervasive across the globe. Its widespread use has been reported in Rwanda, Liberia, Northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. As world leaders prepare to gat...
The Prevalence of Sexual Violence among Female Refugees in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – PLOS Currents Disasters
A. Vu, 2014
Refugees and internally displaced persons are highly vulnerable to sexual violence during conflict and subsequent displacement. However, accurate estimates of the prevalence of sexual violence among in these populations remain uncerta...
Working Paper on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence against Women Displaced by Conflict
D. Steinberg / International Crisis Group 2010
The Civil Society Advisory Group to the UN on Women, Peace, and Security (CSAG) was established to consider ways to enhance the capacity of UN agencies, host governments, donors, and civil society to prevent and respond to sexual viol...
‘It may approach as quickly as a bushfire’. Gendered Violence and Insecurity in South Sudan.
M, Oosterom / Institute of Development Studies UK 2014
This research report presents the findings of case study research in Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan, carried out within the Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency (PVCA) programme, at the Institute of Development Studies. ...
Safe Haven. Sheltering Displaced Persons from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. Comparative Report.
K. T. Seelinger; J. Freccero / Human Rights Centre, University of California 2013
Across the globe, rape and sexual torture are committed during periods of armed conflict or natural disaster. However, the risk of sexual and gender-based violence continues for many even once they have fled to a refugee or internal d...
Why Do Soldiers Rape? Masculinity, Violence, and Sexuality in the Armed Forces in the Congo (DRC)
M. E. Baaz; M. Stern / International Studies Quarterly 2009
This article explores the ways soldiers in the Congo speak about the massive amount of rape committed by the armed forces in the recent war in the DRC. It focuses on the reasons that the soldiers give to why rape occurs. It discusses ...