Women, Peace and Security’: Addressing accountability for wartime sexual violence

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

27 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article examines the issue of accountability for wartime sexual violence within the
UN agenda on women, peace and security. The study offers a unique contribution to the
growing body of literature on Resolution 1325 by reviewing how the issue of accountability
for sexual violence has been treated in peace agreements signed since its adoption
in October 2000. The author triangulates data collected from peace agreements
with interviews with elite peacemaking practitioners to establish that justice for
victims of sexual violence continues to be side-lined. The central argument of this
article is that the lack of attention to accountability for sexual violence is symptomatic
of larger problems within the UN agenda which is underpinned by a masculinized perception
of accountability limited to sanctions and punishment and a narrow focus on
sexual violence as a weapon of war. The author argues that unless a holistic approach
to justice and accountability and a broader concern with gender-based violence are
adopted, the UN’s aim of ending impunity for wartime sexual violence will remain
unfulfilled.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-593
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Fingerprint

sexual violence
peace
responsibility
UNO
justice
violence
weapon
sanction
penalty
elite
Peace
Wartime
Sexual Violence
Accountability
lack
gender
interview
Agenda
Justice

Keywords

  • UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and 1820
  • rape as a weapon of war
  • amnesty
  • peace agreements
  • justice and accoutability

Cite this

Women, Peace and Security’ : Addressing accountability for wartime sexual violence. / Aroussi, Sahla.

In: International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2011, p. 576-593.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{8771dc3e34f14869907fdaf3bec80d29,
title = "Women, Peace and Security’: Addressing accountability for wartime sexual violence",
abstract = "This article examines the issue of accountability for wartime sexual violence within theUN agenda on women, peace and security. The study offers a unique contribution to thegrowing body of literature on Resolution 1325 by reviewing how the issue of accountabilityfor sexual violence has been treated in peace agreements signed since its adoptionin October 2000. The author triangulates data collected from peace agreementswith interviews with elite peacemaking practitioners to establish that justice forvictims of sexual violence continues to be side-lined. The central argument of thisarticle is that the lack of attention to accountability for sexual violence is symptomaticof larger problems within the UN agenda which is underpinned by a masculinized perceptionof accountability limited to sanctions and punishment and a narrow focus onsexual violence as a weapon of war. The author argues that unless a holistic approachto justice and accountability and a broader concern with gender-based violence areadopted, the UN’s aim of ending impunity for wartime sexual violence will remainunfulfilled.",
keywords = "UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and 1820, rape as a weapon of war, amnesty, peace agreements, justice and accoutability",
author = "Sahla Aroussi",
year = "2011",
doi = "10.1080/14616742.2011.611663",
language = "English",
volume = "13",
pages = "576--593",
journal = "International Feminist Journal of Politics",
issn = "1461-6742",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Women, Peace and Security’

T2 - Addressing accountability for wartime sexual violence

AU - Aroussi, Sahla

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - This article examines the issue of accountability for wartime sexual violence within theUN agenda on women, peace and security. The study offers a unique contribution to thegrowing body of literature on Resolution 1325 by reviewing how the issue of accountabilityfor sexual violence has been treated in peace agreements signed since its adoptionin October 2000. The author triangulates data collected from peace agreementswith interviews with elite peacemaking practitioners to establish that justice forvictims of sexual violence continues to be side-lined. The central argument of thisarticle is that the lack of attention to accountability for sexual violence is symptomaticof larger problems within the UN agenda which is underpinned by a masculinized perceptionof accountability limited to sanctions and punishment and a narrow focus onsexual violence as a weapon of war. The author argues that unless a holistic approachto justice and accountability and a broader concern with gender-based violence areadopted, the UN’s aim of ending impunity for wartime sexual violence will remainunfulfilled.

AB - This article examines the issue of accountability for wartime sexual violence within theUN agenda on women, peace and security. The study offers a unique contribution to thegrowing body of literature on Resolution 1325 by reviewing how the issue of accountabilityfor sexual violence has been treated in peace agreements signed since its adoptionin October 2000. The author triangulates data collected from peace agreementswith interviews with elite peacemaking practitioners to establish that justice forvictims of sexual violence continues to be side-lined. The central argument of thisarticle is that the lack of attention to accountability for sexual violence is symptomaticof larger problems within the UN agenda which is underpinned by a masculinized perceptionof accountability limited to sanctions and punishment and a narrow focus onsexual violence as a weapon of war. The author argues that unless a holistic approachto justice and accountability and a broader concern with gender-based violence areadopted, the UN’s aim of ending impunity for wartime sexual violence will remainunfulfilled.

KW - UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and 1820

KW - rape as a weapon of war

KW - amnesty

KW - peace agreements

KW - justice and accoutability

U2 - 10.1080/14616742.2011.611663

DO - 10.1080/14616742.2011.611663

M3 - Article

VL - 13

SP - 576

EP - 593

JO - International Feminist Journal of Politics

JF - International Feminist Journal of Politics

SN - 1461-6742

IS - 4

ER -