1/ #warcrimes #sexualassault I teach a module on ‘Gender, War & Violence’ at @gender_ucd where we look at sexual violence against women & rape as a weapon of war. We are seeing rape used as that horrifying weapon of war by the Turkish & their allies, as they invade northern Syria
2/ use of sexual violence against women, children and men is a tactic used in all recent wars, it is considered a war crime, Erdogan is a war criminal as the instigator of this violence, and indeed we can consider Trump his accomplice! #warcrimes
3/ unfortunately enforcement is weak, authoritarian, strong men and their armies use it widely - there are resolutions at Geneva and the UN against this but enforcement needs to be enhanced. peacemaker.un.org/sites/peacemak…
4/ why it’s such a widespread weapon of war is complex but an intersectional feminist lens understands how gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion combine with patriarchal power systems to create a toxic and dangerous culture of violence, amplified in war situations, for women
5/ it’s a tough module to teach, and we, the students and I, understand what we study is the real lived experiences of women. But understanding why gendered violence happens in peace and is amplified in war, allows us to start the conversation of how to end this horror ..
6/ now though we can only watch as the civilians of northern Syria are yet again brutalized because of the ambitions of egomaniacal men ... and women, especially activist women, are specifically targeted by a patriarchal culture that hates & fears them. #riseup4rojava
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