The Gendered Targeting of Women in Genocides: Using Intersectional Theory to Explore Genocidal Sexual Violence
12 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2006
Date Written: June 2005
This paper investigates the use of genocidal sexual violence from the perspective of trying to understand the reasons why women, in particular, are targeted in this specific way in genocide. I use the word 'explore' in substitution for the word 'explain' in my paper title, because to explain is almost to legitimise or to rationalise, whereas the aim of this paper is to identify the scenarios or relations in society that give rise to this kind of violence and, by so doing, identify targets for societal reconstruction thereby, hopefully, reducing the potential for the use of genocidal sexual violence.
Keywords: Genocide, Women, Human Rights, Intersectionality
JEL Classification: K33
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