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Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: International Law, Local Responses

Tonia St. Germain and Susan Dewey, editors
Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: International Law, Local Responses
ISBN: 978-1-56549-503-6
ISBN: 978-1-56549-504-3
ISBN: 978-1-56549-506-7
2012/210 pages/LC: 2012002084
A Kumarian Press Book
"Navigate[s] the challenges of transnational feminist scholarship by critically scrutinizing grand visions and offering nuanced contextual analyses.”"—Jonneke Koomen, Signs

"This impressively diverse interdisciplinary volume addresses the occurrence of and legal reactions to conflict-related sexual violence.... The book's strengths include the diversity of perspectives that it contains, the rich results of fieldwork in many of the chapters, and the careful analysis of the legal and the practical dimensions."—Choice

"Scholarly, reflective, provocative yet practical and action-oriented, this book exemplifies a visionary blending of analysis, evidence, concepts, and programs for ameliorating the lot of those whose lives are framed by war and conflict."—PeaceWomen Project

"I’ve learned so much from reading Dewey and St. Germain's wonderfully informed contributors' descriptions, explanations, and warnings.... This is a book for anyone who cares about achieving post-war gender justice."—Cynthia Enloe, Clark University


The authors of this groundbreaking book explore the gap between policy and practice in international responses to conflict-related sexual violence. Drawing on their research in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America, they offer fresh perspectives on, and practical approaches to, achieving justice for women who have survived wartime sexual assault.


Tonia St. Germain is an instructor in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Oregon State University and Susan Dewey is associate professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program at the University of Wyoming.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • International vs. Transnational? The Politics of Prefixes in Feminist IR—B. Winter.
  • Creating Second-Class Citizens at Home and Targets Abroad: A Feminist Analysis of Protection in the Use of Force—L. Sparling.
  • International Criminal Justice. Improvements in the Legal Treatment of Systematic Mass Rape in Wartime: Where Do We Go from Here?—A. Faucette.
  • International Criminal Justice: Advancing the Cause of Women's Rights?—K. Grewal.
  • Combating Postconflict Violence Against Women: An Analysis of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean Governments' Efforts to Address the Problem—P.A. Medie.
  • Gender-Based Violence, Help-Seeking, and Criminal Justice Recourse in HaitI—B.F. Duramy.
  • The Afghan State and the Issue of Sexual Violence Against Women—C. Mann.
  • The Experiences of Male Intimate Partners of Female Rape Victims from Cape Town, South Africa—E. van Wijk.
  • Prostitution, Gender, and Violence in the Colombian Postconflict Context—J.M.N. Olivar and C.I.P. Sánchez.