Gender Across Borders Blog: “Women’s Media Center Launches ‘Women Under Siege’”
February 8, 2012
Carrie Nelson on the Gender Across Borders Blog
Last week, I wrote about the controversy surrounding the new film In the Land of Blood and Honey. Though the merits of the film are up for debate, the film (and the discussion surrounding it) brings to light a very important issue that is often ignored — sexualized violence in times of war and conflict. While In the Land of Blood and Honey may be a good first step in raising awareness about the prevalence of such violence, human rights organizations must also be a greater emphasis on public education and advocacy regarding this critical issue. Fortunately, a new project from the Women’s Media Center has just arrived to fill this void.
Today is the launch of Women Under Siege, a project with the mission of “documenting how rape and other kinds of sexualized violence are used as tools in genocide and conflict throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.” By exploring the ways in which sexualized violence has been used as a weapon during times of genocide or conflict, Women Under Siege will play a significant role in educating people about sexualized violence and developing strategies to prevent such violence in future conflicts.