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The Complexity of Violence: A critical analysis of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report, the first in Sida’s gender-based violence series, draws on an original case study, including extensive interviews with members of thearmed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By critically exploring and convincingly challenging existing stereotypes and narratives about sexual violence in conflict settings, the authors reveal the need for a nuanced understanding of SGBV, including its invisible victims. Their analysis transcends reductionist explanations that separate SGBV from other forms of violence that afflict war-torn societies, and haunt post-war contexts. They thus provide invaluable insights into the complex circumstances in which SGBV occurs.

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Sida; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2010. , 76 p.
Sida Working Paper on Gender-based Violence,
Keyword [en]
Congo DR, Conflicts, Violence against women, Sexual abuse, Rape, Victims, Offenders, Military personnel, Armed forces, Gender relations
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1119ISBN: 978-91-586-4135-8OAI: diva2:319527
CONTENTS: Introduction -- Historical and institutional context of the National Armed Forces -- Juridical and Social Factors -- Sex/Gender: Silences and failures -- Commercialisation of rape -- Conclusions and RecommendationsAvailable from: 2010-05-18 Created: 2010-05-18 Last updated: 2010-08-18Bibliographically approved

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