If Not Now, When? Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Refugee, Internally Displaced and Post-Conflict Settings: A Global Overview

Monday, April 1, 2002
Countries: 
Africa
Europe
Americas
Asia
Central Africa
Western Africa
Congo (Kinshasa)
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo
Central America
South America
Guatemala
Nicaragua
Southern Asia
South Eastern Asia
Pakistan
Myanmar
East Timor
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Human Rights
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Throughout history, gender−based violence has been an integral component of armed conflict. In the last century, to cite a few examples, Jewish women were raped by Cossacks during the 1919 pogroms in Russia; the Japanese army sexually enslaved and raped thousands of Korean, Indonesian, Chinese, and Filipino "comfort women" during World War II; and hundreds of thousands of Bengali women were raped by Pakistani soldiers during the 1971 Bangladeshi wars of secession. This report attests to GBV against women and girls (and to a lesser extent men and boys) that has been and continues to be a feature of virtually all recently concluded and current armed conflicts.

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If Not Now, When? Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Refugee, Internally Displaced and Post-Conflict Settings: A Global Overview, RHRC, 2002