Global Conflict, Gender and Security

Recognising the interdependence of irregular migration and border control with the women’s peace and security agenda, BOb works closely with the Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (WPSAC) in identifying and responding to these issues for women and girls.

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Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict in the Asia-Pacific

What are the preconditions for widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in a society? This project seeks to answer this question by identifying the factors associated with heightened risk of SGBV across countries, especially the relationship between endemic violence against women and extreme cases of SGBV in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Led by Prof. Jacqui True (Monash University) and Dr. Sara Davies (Queensland University of Technology), this ARC Discovery Project investigates the causes of mass sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict countries of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Widespread and systematic Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) has been recognised by the United Nations Security Council since 2000 (S/Res/1325) as a matter of international peace and security. Under the 1998 Rome Statute it is a crime against humanity, a war crime and an act of genocide. There are two explanations for mass SGBV: the presence of armed conflict and the existence of extreme gender inequality and oppression prior to onset of conflict. Yet, to date, we have little knowledge of how variations in the type of conflict and gender inequality contribute to SGBV crimes. This project will test and refine the two dominant and competing explanations for SGBV crimes to inform strategies for the prevention of SGBV where risk is high. The project will look at three different conflicts in the Asia Pacific – Myanmar, Philippines and Sri Lanka – each with different phases and intensity of conflict in order to identify the factors associated with heightened risk of SGBV across countries, especially the relationship between endemic violence and gender-based discrimination against women and extreme cases of SGBV.

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Sara E. Davies is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, based at the Health Law Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Sara is the recipient of an ARC Discovery Project with Prof Jacqui True that examines the prevention of sexual violence, in conflict and post-conflict situations, in the Asia Pacific (PSV-AP). This ARC Discovery Project builds on her previous work on the prevention of mass atrocities and the Responsibility to Protect (co-editor, Women Peace and Security and the Responsibility to Protect (Martinus Nijhhoff, 2013). Sara has written two books, Global Politics of Health (Polity, 2010) and Legitimising Rejection: International Refugee Law in Southeast Asia (Martinus Nijhoff, 2007). She is the co-founder and co-editor of quarterly issued journal Global Responsibility to Protect.

Jacqui True is Professor of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. Her research interests include sexual and gender-based violence in international relations, critical international political economy, global governance and gender, and feminist research methodologies. She is the author of Globalization, Gender and Post-Socialism (Columbia University Press, 2003), co-author of Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science (Palgrave 2010 with Brooke Ackerly), Theories of International Relations (Palgrave, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009), and co-editor of Feminist Methodologies in International Relations (Cambridge, 2006). She recently published The Political Economy of Violence Against Women in the Oxford Gender and International Relations Series (2012), which won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights and the British International Studies Association 2013 International Political Economy book prize.

Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective Blog

The Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (WPSAC) aims to consolidate and extend academic feminist efforts around the UN’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda for the duration of Australia’s term on the UN Security Council (2013-14). The Collective of Australian and New Zealand feminist academics has an established and active blog on associated issues, including the recent, ‘8 days of activism on women, peace and security’ campaign. Read the blog here.

 

Selected publications

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Books

True, J. (2012) The Political Economy of Violence Against Women. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ackerly, B. and True, J. (2010) Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Sciences. New York: Palgrave.

Edited Journal

Jacqui True, David Capie, Anita Lacey and Robbie Shilliam, Global Change Peace and Security OCIS (Oceanic Conference in International Studies) Special Issue 23, 1 (February), 2011.

Journal Articles

True, J. (2012) ‘Counting and balancing gender: Increasing women’s participation in governance’Politics & Gender.

M-L Krook and J. True (2012) ‘Rethinking the life cycles of international norms: The United Nations and the global promotion of gender equality’European Journal of International Relations 18(1): 100-124.

Technical Reports

True, J, Errington, K. and Wood, R, (201) Gender Impacts of Trade in the Pacific. Funded by the University of Auckland Summer Scholarship Programme, February 2010.

True, J. (2009) ‘The Political Economy of Women’s Human Rights.’ Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences Annual Report to United Nations Human Rights Commission, Geneva, June 2009.