Who's human? Developing sociological understandings of the rights of women raped in conflict

Victoria Canning
2010 International Journal of Human Rights  
Biographical Description Victoria is a women's rights activist, and researches the significance of the effects of rape in conflict on women's needs for asylum. International approaches to human rights have, until recently, largely overlooked the experiences of women in conflict, displacement and crisis. Although women's human rights are progressing on paper, rape and sexual violence continues at mass levels in conflict and civil unrest with few consequences for perpetrator and very little
more » ... d very little emphasis on preventions. Sociology has itself been slow to engage in discourses around human rights, and even slower progress has been made in developing sociological understandings of gender and human rights. This contribution argues that overlooking gendered inequalities leaves the violation of women at the bottom of a priority list regarding international humanitarian law, and that sociological approaches highlighting and challenging women's subordination may support prevention and conviction at localised and international levels.
doi:10.1080/13642987.2010.512127 fatcat:7bhvrxkdbfdlpi5fkgnrhehjle