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Author: Papanikolaou, Evrydiki-Maria
Title: Women as perpetrators of sexual violence in armed conflict. Historical and legal aspects
Alternative Titles: Women as perpetrators of sexual violence in armed conflict. Historical and legal aspects
Date Issued: 2024
Department: Διατμηματικό Πρόγραμμα Μεταπτυχιακών Σπουδών στα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα και Μεταναστευτικές Σπουδές
Supervisor: Zaikos, Nikolaos
Abstract: It is a well-known fact that armed conflicts and violence more often than not coincide. Until recently, however, sexual violence, in this context has been minimized, with researchers instead focusing on other types of violence. Conflict-related sexual violence should be acknowledged as a problem of international security, and a potential weapon of war, ethnic cleansing, and genocide, with women being more consistently targeted for this specific type of assault. What happens, however, when the person who is usually the victim, becomes the perpetrator? And is this a new occurrence or are there historical examples supporting this behavior? In this dissertation, as stated before, the focus will be on sexual violence and female perpetrators in armed conflicts, while focusing on cases such as the transgressions at Abu Ghraib, the Rwandan genocide, and even going further back in time with historical mentions of female guards in Nazi concentration camps as well as examples from the Armenian Genocide. These examples of female perpetrators tell the story of women’s violence that has been actively attempted to be erased not just by herself, but also by the community she belongs to, both national and international. By denying these women their capacity to commit violence, we attempt to bury and forget their existence all together. Even when the proper focus and attention to it is being provided, it can very easily slip from attention to sensationalizing, singling out, and paying disproportionate heed to those women with public and media response manipulating public opinion of them easily. The following thesis consists of a literature review of other academic research and papers conducted on the subject.
Keywords: Armed Conflicts
Female Perpetrators
Sexual Violence
Information: Διπλωματική εργασία--Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2024.
Rights: Αναφορά Δημιουργού 4.0 Διεθνές
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