The dialogue of difference: gender perspectives on international humanitarian law

Helen Durham, Katie O'Byrne
2010 International Review of the Red Cross  
This article examines the meaning and potential usefulness of a 'gender perspective' on international humanitarian law (IHL). In order to do so, it considers a number of 'gendered' themes found within IHL, including the role of women as combatants, and the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict. The authors suggest that further development and understanding of a gender perspective will contribute to the resilience and effectiveness of IHL as a system of law, and will
more » ... ngthen the protection of those who are victimized and disempowered during times of war. In 2007, a meeting was held in Stockholm to examine gender perspectives on international humanitarian law. In issuing the invitation, the senior representative from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs was very clear -'This is not a meeting about women and war. This is very different: this is about gender and international humanitarian law.'
doi:10.1017/s1816383110000032 fatcat:wggdha64lzamhjaaxfbjgmqq54