School of Social Sciences
Thursday 22nd May, 2pm – 3pm
N402, Menzies Building
Abstract: Over the past decade there has been significant global attention to, and reporting of ‘widespread and systematic’ sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated by state and nonstate actors. To date, there have been two major explanations for the onset and preponderance of sexual violence in some armed conflicts. The first explanation focuses on the presence of armed conflict as the key precursor for sexual violence in armed conflict. The second explanation suggests sexual violence in armed conflict is the product of pre-existing conditions of gross gender inequality where sexualised violence is already acceptable. In order to understand the causes of this violence; first, we examine the relationship between pre-existing structural gendered inequalities and the occurrence of systematic sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) globally; and second, we examine the situation of widespread and systematic sexual violence in Sri Lanka. This mixed method approach presents the case for a more concerted focus on structural gender inequality as a critical early warning factor for widespread and systematic sexual violence, which may assist with efforts to prevent egregious crimes of sexual violence.
Bio: Jacqui True is Professor of Politics & International Relations in the School of Social
Sciences at Monash University with her PhD in Political Science from York University,
Canada. Previously she has taught and researched at Michigan State University, the
University of Southern California and the University of Auckland. Professor True has
published extensively in the field of international relations. Her current research is focused on the UN Women, Peace and Security agenda, and with Dr. Sara Davies on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict in Asia Pacific http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/preventing-mass-sexual-violence-in-asia-pacific/. Her book, The Political Economy of Violence against
Women (Oxford University Press 2012) won the American Political Science Association’s
2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights.
Please RSVP to: Anne McNevin
Monash Gender Peace and Security secures Linkage Grant
In a success for Monash Arts research, the Gender, Peace and Security Initiative has recently secured a major ARC Linkage Grant.
The three year project, “Towards Inclusive Peace: Monitoring Gender Provisions of Peace Agreements”, will investigate how peace agreements can advance women’s rights and participation after post-conflict and political transitions.
The UN, Women, Peace and Security: 15 years on, women’s participation in peace and security is more urgent than ever
This post was first published on the International Affairs website October 16th 2015. Read the original article.
By Associate Professor Sara E. Davies and Professor Jacqui True
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New working paper on ‘Women in Politics’
Monash Academics from the School of Social Sciences, Professor Jacqui True, Dr Swati Parashar and Dr Sara Niner, alongside Dr Nicole George from the University of Queensland, recently drafted a working paper addressing regional issues relating to increasing women’s participation in politics.
“Winning the War on War, But Losing the Battle: A Feminist Perspective on Global Violence”
The 2014 Fay Gale Lecture, presented by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, in conjunction with Monash University, was delivered by Professor Jacqui True on “Winning the War on War, but Losing the Battle: A Feminist Perspective on Global Violence.”
Dispelling Four Myths about Sexual Violence in Conflict
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‘A Feminist perspective on global violence’ keynote by Jacqui True in Los Angeles
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Seminar: Preventing Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence with Early Warning Analysis
Dr. Sara Davies (QUT) and Prof. Jacqui True (Monash University) will be presenting a seminar … Continue reading Seminar: Preventing Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence with Early Warning Analysis
R2P and Gender: the Marginalization of Responsibilities
In 2012, a colleague and I wrote an article titled ‘Engendering the Responsibility to Protect’. … Continue reading R2P and Gender: the Marginalization of Responsibilities
Report Detailing Troubling Toll of Gender-Based Violence in Asia-Pacific Schools
For some children in Asia-Pacific, particularly girls, the mere walk to school is menacing and … Continue reading Report Detailing Troubling Toll of Gender-Based Violence in Asia-Pacific Schools
Women’s widespread inequality and rape as a weapon of war
Women are more likely to experience mass rape and sexual torture in armed conflicts around … Continue reading Women’s widespread inequality and rape as a weapon of war
Sustaining Political Will to End Sexual Violence
Australia’s Presidency and the United Nations Security Council – Sustaining political will to confine sexual … Continue reading Sustaining Political Will to End Sexual Violence