The UN, Women’s Movements, and the Post-Conflict Response to Sexual Violence

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Thursday, October 29, 2020, 12:00pm to 12:45pm

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Peace A. Medie | Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol

The UN has promoted the establishment of specialized criminal justice mechanisms, such as specialized police and gendarmerie units, to respond to post-conflict sexual violence. However, countries have differed in how they have established these units. Drawing on over 300 interviews in Liberia and CÔte d’Ivoire, this talk analyses how factors such as the strength of the women’s movement affects the establishment of these specialized units and the performance of personnel.

Peace A. Medie is Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol. She is author of Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2020), and the novel, His Only Wife (Algonquin Books, 2020).