This book brings together a unique blend of researchers, civil society and community activists all working on different aspects of conflict sexual violence on the African continent. The contributions included here offer a detailed reading of the social and political climate within which some patterns of sexual violence unfold, and the increased policy and institutional responses shaping post-conflict environments. The chapters are organized around three main themes: the continuities between conflict sexual violence and post-conflict insecurity; the troubling category of "victim" and its representation in post-conflict settings; and the international contexts – such as international programming, aid and justice interventions – that shape how conflict sexual violence is addressed. The authors come to the topic from various academic disciplines - anthropology, gender studies, law, and psychology - and from different non-academic contexts, including civil society organizations in affected regions, and policy and activist organizations in the Global North. Collectively the chapters in this volume offer complex and detailed analysis of some of the debates and dynamics shaping contemporary understandings of conflict sexual violence, highlighting, in turn, new insights and emerging topics on which further research and advocacy is needed.

part |39 pages

Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: Situating International Agendas and Their African Contexts

chapter |25 pages

Seeing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies

The Limits of Visibility
ByDoris Buss

chapter |12 pages

The Political Economy of War

What Women Need to Know
ByMeredeth Turshen

part |25 pages

Sexual Violence and Conflict: Civil Society Perspectives on Patterns, Causes, and Solutions

chapter |15 pages

Sexual Violence Patterns, Causes, and Possible Solutions

An Interview with Kudakwashe Chitsike, Research and Advocacy Unit, Zimbabwe, and Jessica Nkuuhe, Independent Consultant, Uganda
ByKudakwashe Chitsike, Jessica Nkuuhe

chapter |8 pages

Sexual Violence Patterns, Causes, and Possible Solutions

An Interview with Julienne Lusenge, Solidarité Féminine pour la Paix Intégrale (SOFEPADI), Democratic Republic of Congo
ByDoris Buss, Joanne Lebert, Blair Rutherford, Donna Sharkey, Obijiofor Aginam

part |61 pages

Sexual Violence and Harm: From Conflict to Post-Conflict Societies

part |61 pages

Representing Harms and the Trouble with (Victim) Categories

chapter |14 pages

Sexual Violence, Female Agencies, and Sexual Consent

Complexities of Sexual Violence in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
ByJennie E. Burnet

part |55 pages

The Gender of Security

chapter |23 pages

A Gendered Reading of Security and Security Reform in Post-Conflict Societies

ByFionnuala Ní Aoláin, Naomi Cahn, Dina Haynes

chapter |15 pages

Security Sector Reform in Africa

A Lost Opportunity to Deconstruct Militarised Masculinities?
ByYaliwe Clarke

part |30 pages

Post-Conflict Development and International Agendas

chapter |15 pages

Development and its Discontents

Ending Violence against Women in Post-Conflict Liberia
ByPamela Scully

chapter |13 pages

International Assistance to Combat Sexual Violence in the Congo

Placing Congolese Women at the Heart of the Process!
ByDenis Tougas