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date: 16 February 2019

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This chapter examines the gender-specific harms suffered by women in armed conflict and the international legal framework for responding to them. It discusses how rape and other forms of sexual assault against women during armed conflict have become visible and acquired higher priority within the international legal order since the early 1990s because of feminist activism and intervention. This chapter also highlights legislative and jurisprudential developments that contributed to the increased protection of women during armed conflict. These include the creation of the ad hoc international criminal tribunals, the United Nations Security Council resolutions on ‘women, peace and security’, and the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Keywords: gender-specific harms, women, armed conflict, international legal framework, feminist activism, international criminal tribunals, Security Council, ICTY

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