24 June 2008

Rape as a weapon of war

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 2:25 pm by lilithhope

Finally, after centuries of male-centric narratives on war and its tactics, the international community has recognized the gendered aspect of rape in conflict and condemned it as a weapon of war:

“THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL last week voted unanimously in favour of a resolution that could change how war is defined around the world.

The resolution, sponsored by the United States, declared rape and sexual violence as a “war tactic” that aims to “humiliate, dominate, instil fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group.”

The recognition of rape as a weapon of war by the international community is significant and historic because it acknowledges what has been described as “one of history’s greatest silences” — the sexual violation of women and girls during periods of conflict.”

For the full text of the UN resolution, see here.