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Gender and the violence(s) of war & armed conflict – is it more dangerous to be a woman?

Just a quick content warning about this episode. It contains discussions of violence, including sexual violence, and descriptions of war and armed conflict that some people may find disturbing.
 

This week we talk to Stacy Banwell, from the University of Greenwich, about her open access book ‘Gender and the violence(s) of war and armed conflict: more dangerous to be a woman?’ We discuss how gendered assumptions of who ‘is dangerous’ and who is “in danger” during war and conflict obscure the realities of gender-based violence perpetrated and experienced by both sexes within and beyond the conflict zone, and how rethinking gender is key to understanding the complex dynamics of conflict and creating effective humanitarian policy. 

Stacy’s book is open access, thanks to funding from Knowledge Unlatched, and freely available to read here: https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/doi/10.1108/9781787691155

Please note that this episode contains discussions of violence, including sexual violence and descriptions of war and armed conflict, that some people may find disturbing.

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Stacy Banwell is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Greenwich. Her research addresses gender-based violence(s) during war/armed conflict and gender, economic foreign policy in warzones.

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In this episode:

  • What do we mean by violence in the context of war and armed conflict and how do different types of violence interact on different scales?
  • What assumptions do we make around gender and how do these obscure our understanding of war and armed conflict?
  • How are men and women’s experiences of violence during war and armed conflict different?
  • How can we make sense of female perpetrators of violence?
  • How does climate variability intersect with gender to inform violence within and beyond the conflict zone?

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