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“They force him to rape his daughter”: Saran Keïta Diakité on how rape is used as a weapon of war in Mali

TweetCross-posted from UN Women Saran Keïta Diakité is a lawyer in Mali and President of the Malian branch of the NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (Réseau Paix et Sécurité des Femmes de l’Espace CEDEAO). As the Donor Conference on Mali starts in Brussels, in her own words she speaks about the atrocities [...]
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Rape & War in Syria: let’s frame sexual violence as a tactic of war, not a tragedy of it.

Tweet*Trigger warning* In civil war, when groups of people with conflicting identities are forced together by imaginary political boundaries, women’s bodies become inevitable tools for humiliating the enemy. Perhaps the most notorious example of this is the former Yugoslavia, where sexual violence played a critical and strategic role throughout the nine year war. After 50,000-60,000 systematic [...]
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This, Too, is War

Tweet A SYTYCB Entry Just today, I saw a statement online that tried to downplay the outrage that has come from the statements of Rep. Akin on “legitimate” rape by comparing this to a “real” problem – that of President Obama’s latest statement about a “red line” with Syria.  That, the statement I read online [...]
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The Myth of the Peaceful Iron Lady

TweetThe film, The Iron Lady comes out tomorrow, raising issues of women and their roles in foreign policy making: The myth of female peacefulness has penetrated no field as greatly as foreign policy. Though there has been a scattering of female wartime leaders over the centuries, this myth has retained its primacy as women are [...]
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(Rich, White) Women and Children First!

When I saw the cover of this homeschooling (christian) catalog, I knew I was in for a doozy. The cover features two cute white children on the deck of the Titanic with the words "Women and Children First!" above them.
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