The recent sexual violence in conflict summit has brought about a welcome and renewed discussion of this issue. Below, Jude Wanga speaks to Carron Mann, Women for Women International UK‘s Policy Director, for Feminist Times.
This week’s End Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit has had a huge focus on conflicts since Bosnia in 1992. There have been numerous events focusing on Rwanda, Congo, Kosovo, the Balkan War and Afghanistan. Many of these nations are recovering from a major conflict and are in the process of adjusting to peacetime, whereas Congo is, though technically in peacetime, still in the grip of conflict. I wanted to explore the similarities that these conflicts had, but also the differences. Why do some of these areas get more coverage, awareness and support than others- and did the international community prioritise some conflict nations over others? The conflict in DRC is the deadliest conflict since World War Two. But casualty estimates are often conservative, and sexual violence figures that are under reported.
All conflicts are, obviously, different. Their origins are different, and the obstacles to resolution are different, too. However, the exclusion of women from resolution and community stands in the way of community peace-building. This situation is built on gender inequality before the conflict – patriarchy is a worldwide problem, before, during and after war.
I spoke to Carron Mann, Women for Women International UK‘s Policy Director about these areas.
Rest: Feminist Times.