The Other Terrorism: Militarism and Violence Against Women


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This slide show is from the Power Point presentation that accompanied a talk by Lucinda Marshall, Director of the Feminist Peace Network, at the University of Dayton on "Militarism and Violence Against Women: The 'Other' Terrorism.

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The Other Terrorism: Militarism and Violence Against Women

  1. 1. “While bullets, bombs and blades make the headlines, women’s bodies remain invisible battlefields. --Margot Wallström, U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Militarism and Violence Against Women The 'Other' Terrorism Lucinda Marshall University of Dayton April, 2010
  2. 2. Defining Commonalities Between Militarism and Violence Against Women • The need to assert power (over) • Sense of entitlement -- Might makes right • Desire for control and domination • Othering
  3. 3. "I was raped by them in front of my husband. They held him down while they did it. I was released afterwards because my husband and children pleaded with them, and cried saying "They will kill maman." I was raped by more than three men. I cannot remember the exact number because I lost consciousness. Afterwards a neighbor helped me, because I was bleeding. She boiled water and some herbs for me.” (Human Rights Watch interview, Bukavu, October 16, 2003)
  4. 4. The Impact of Othering As A Tool of Militarism Rape/Sexual Assault Sexual Slavery/Trafficking Forced Marriages and Pregnancies Femicide
  5. 5. The Numbers Speak For Themselves • Rwanda Genocide--As many as 500,000 women raped • 64,000 women raped during conflict in Sierra Leone • 40,000 women raped in Bosnia/Herzogovina • 4,500 Rapes in just 6 months in one province of the DRC • Hundreds of women raped every day in Darfur
  6. 6. Afghanistan Human Rights Watch, December 8, 2009: Afghan women are among the worst off in the world, violence against them is “endemic” and Afghanistan’s government fails to protect them from crimes such as rape and murder.
  7. 7. Iraq
  8. 8. Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military
  9. 9. Sexual Victimization of Civilians by the U.S. Military Situations of armed conflict consistently and systematically attack the integrity and lives of women and girls around the world who experience violence first hand. Their vulnerability increases with situations of poverty, neglect, and lack of opportunities. The escalating trends of sex trafficking in the context of armed conflict are a persistent symptom of war, where the practice of forced prostitution is widespread and nourished by the different repercussions of war on women. --MADRE
  10. 10. Why it is SO Difficult to End the Problem of Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military “Our drill instructor explained how the M-16 was like a woman: front sight assembly - teat magazine well - vagina trigger - clitoris I particularly liked his admonition to learn to stroke her rear (charging handle) with authority.” "This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for shooting, this is for fun."
  11. 11. The Global Dimension of Militarism and Violence Against Women "After raping her they killed her by shooting into her vagina. No action was taken." -- The Karen Women's Organization (KWO), "State of Terror: the ongoing rape, murder, torture and forced labor suffered by women living under the Burmese Military Regime in Karen State (February 2007)
  12. 12. Changing The Paradigm CEDAW UNSCR 1325 UNSCR 1820 ICC I-VAWA
  13. 13. What WE Can Do 1. Make Violence Against Women part of the Peace Agenda 2. Change the paradigm of how we define power.
  14. 14. This presentation can be viewed online at: da-marshall/presentations/ and more information can be found at: vaw/militarism-and-violence-against-women/ by Lucinda Marshall, Director--Feminist Peace Network