a network of constitutionalists from countries throughout the world
Over the coming days, we are featuring each of the 20 workshops in the 10th IACL World Congress 2018 on “VIOLENT CONFLICTS, PEACE-BUILDING AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW”, being held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 18-22 June 2018. Full details are on the congress website, in English and French, along with information on how to submit a paper. Papers may be in either French or English.
WORKSHOP #11 Women and Violence in Areas and/or Times of Conflict
Violence and discrimination against women even in “normal” times is rife in many countries and is trivialized because of the patriarchal values imbedded in laws or local customs. However, the violence against women (including female children) takes an extreme form in areas or times of “conflict”. Women often end up becoming weapons of war and suffer in diverse ways such as rape, abduction, forced marriage, prostitution, human trafficking, sexual slavery, forced pregnancy and sterilization. The recent upsurge of populism and religious fundamentalism also tends to harm women disproportionately in all times. To make it worse, women generally remain excluded from decision-making bodies as well as processes of peacebuilding and post-conflict rehabilitation.
In the last two decades or so, a number of developments in international law have tried not only to grapple with the root causes of violence against women in conflict zones but also end the impunity of perpetuators of such violence. The international community has also made a vital link between maintaining peace and the need to involve women in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.
Against this background, this Workshop will explore a range of issues such as the following: