Women’s Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict
Gardam J. (2018) Women’s Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict. In: Reilly N. (eds) International Human Rights of Women. International Human Rights. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4550-9_29-1
Posted: 3 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 2, 2020
This chapter examines the extent to which the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) has developed in its approach to the protection of women in the post-1993 Vienna Conference era. At that time although the topic of women and human rights law was assuming prominence, there was a vast “silence” on the adequacy of LOAC to address women’s distinctive experiences of armed conflict. This chapter identifies and analyzes the significant areas of change, namely, the recognition of the gendered impact of armed conflict on women; the developments in the criminalization of sexual violence in armed conflict through international criminal law; the work of the United Nations, in particular Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; and the changing approach of the military establishment of states and the International Committee of the Red Cross to women and LOAC. Finally, the discussion identifies the ongoing challenges for further progress.
Keywords: Women, Armed conflict Law, Sexual violence, International criminal law
JEL Classification: K1
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