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Authors: Susan Garnett Russell, Sanaya Lim, Paul Kim, and Sophie Morse

Title: The Legacy of Gender-Based Violence and HIV/AIDS in the Post-Genocide Era

Subtitle: Stories From Women in Rwanda

Journal: Health Care for Women International



Year: 2015 (Received: November 3, 2014, Accepted: August 11, 2015, Published online: August 20, 2015)


ISSN: 0739-9332 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1096-4665 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | African History: Rwandan History | Types: Genocidal Rape / Rwandan Genocide; Victims: Venereal Diseases


Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)



Susan Garnett Russell, Teachers College, Columbia University

Abstract: »Drawing on qualitative interviews with 22 Rwandan women, we describe the lived experiences of women survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) more than a decade and a half after the 1994 Genocide. We argue that the intersection between GBV and HIV/AIDS has long-term implications: the majority of women interviewed continue to endure trauma, stigma, social isolation, and economic hardship in the post-genocide era and are in need of expanded economic and mental health support. Our findings have implications for the importance of providing integrated psychosocial support to survivors of GBV post-conflict contexts.« (Source: Health Care for Women International)


  Rape as a Weapon of War
  Rape During the Rwandan Genocide
  The Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Rwanda
  The Impact of Rape on Women After the Genocide
  Organizations for Survivors in Rwanda
  Sexual Violence and Legal Redress After the Genocide
  Data and Methodology
  Limitations of the Research
  Findings and Discussion
    Experiences With Gender-Based Violence and Trauma
    Living With HIV/AIDS
    Abandonment and Rejection From Family and Community
    Financial Hardship and Dependence
    Optimism for the Future
  Policy Recommendations and Implications for Practice

Wikipedia: Genocidal rape: Rape during the Rwandan Genocide, Rwandan Genocide