Catching up on all the things the profs send for posting – my colleague Sean Rehaag sent this UN Workshop Report from December 2013 via the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict) to me some weeks ago, sorry for the delay. Looks very interesting.
Much important academic work has been done both to deconstruct gender stereotypes and biological essentialisms, and to theorize women’s rights. In the fields of international activism, policy and practice on conflict-related sexual violence, however, the discussion about gender has been blurred with and frequently subsumed into a necessary struggle for women’s rights in the face of historical indifference to the widespread subordination of women. Notwithstanding the importance of this struggle, the resultant discursive and policy focus on sexual and gender based violence as a women’s rights issue has become, from a policy and humanitarian perspective, a serious obstacle to prevention of and response to conflict related sexual and gender-based violence against men and boys, as practitioners lack both awareness of the issues, and the appropriate experience and skills with which to respond to male survivors. The predominance of this paradigm is evident in the fact that in most people’s minds, whether in rural villages in eastern DRC or in the corridors of power in key donor states, the field of ‘gender’, and the sub-field within that of SGBV, is understood to be about women. SGBV scenarios are populated by male perpetrators and female victims. pp8-9
Exec Summary here.