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Speaker: Patricia A. Weitsman

Title: Women, War, and Identity

Subtitle: Policies of Mass Rape in Bosnia and Rwanda

Conference: 47th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (March 22-25, 2006)

Place: San Diego, California, United States

Date: March 22, 2006

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: Rwandan Histroy; European History: Bosnian History | Types: Genocidal Rape / Rwandan Genocide; Types Wartime Sexual Violence / Bosnian War; Victims Physical Consequences / Rape Children


Link: All Academic (Free Access)


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Abstract: »This paper examines the ways in which shared ideas about identity are constructed within and across state borders. I argue that children born of rape during wartime are especially significant in understanding the politics of identity. In contemporary conflicts, such as the ones in Rwanda, and the Former Yugoslavia, policies of sexual violence during war were aimed at impregnating women in order to ensure they would not bear children of their own ethnic identity. This represents a view of identity that hinges on paternity. How do these understandings of identity evolve? The destruction of a genus - the real meaning of genocide - would entail sterilization of enemy women, not forcing them to produce offspring. The way in which identity is constructed has dramatic implications for the human rights of these babies as well. This paper seeks to delve more deeply into the process of the creation of these ideas, and the consequences of them in terms of the human rights of the babies in question.« (Source: All Academic)

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of Rwanda | History of Europe: History of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Genocide: Rwandan genocide / Rape during the Rwandan Genocide | Sex and the law: Genocidal rape, Wartime sexual violence | War: Bosnian War / Rape during the Bosnian War