The Possibility of Realizing Gender Justice? Opportunities and Challenges in Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking (Tilburg University)

Deadline: 31/05/2017

17 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
Credits: Certificate of Participation
Target Group: BA/MA students (from any discipline) with strong interest in the topics

All around the world, numerous men, women, boys and girls suffer the harsh consequences of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking. Thousands of men, women and children are forced into sexual slavery or raped during conflict-situations. When fleeing conflict they are forced by human traffickers into exploitative practices en route and in the country of destination. We see reports about this in the news every day. Think, for example, about the situation in Syria, South Sudan, and the refugee crisis in Europe. Both conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking are crimes that affect the physical integrity of human beings and cause gender inequality worldwide. In addressing both crimes a contribution is made to remedy that injustice. Gender justice refers to a world where men and women can equally enjoy rights and can equally share in the distribution of power and wealth.

During the course we will look into the opportunities and challenges in addressing both conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking. These crimes may take place in conflict (as genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes), transitional and/or peacetime situations. For example, how can conflict-related sexual violence be investigated and prosecuted before local, national and international criminal tribunals? Does the approach to address the business model of human traffickers (targeting the profit) contribute effectively to combatting the crime? What are the needs and rights of victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking to ensure justice? And how can these two crimes be prevented? For example, how do we prevent that UN peacekeepers engage in sexual violence themselves as witnessed in the Central African Republic? The ultimate goal of this summer course is to critically assess whether the current approaches are contributing to realizing gender justice.

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