Monitoring Sexual Violence in Conflict

This paper provides a theoretical framework for the measurement of levels of Sexual Violence in any given conflict.

Sexual Violence in Conflict is a global phenomenon both historical and current. Its roots can be traced back to the beginning of history. The modern age produced famous cases such as the Rape of Nanjing in 1936 and the Balkan conflict in the nineties – and less well known cases such as the rape of French Women by American Soldiers during the second world war.

Today sexual Violence is a humanitarian challenge facing Governments, Donors, UN agencies, INGOs and Civil Society Organizations alike. The theoretical framework will cover collaborative data collection and data collation that can improve our understanding of this conflict phenomenon and ensure that policies, funds, programmes and projects are best tailored to address need. Understanding of the information streams is highly beneficial for humanitarian actors coordinating response to better enable the day to day allocation and reallocation of resources to points of greatest need.

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