Disciplining Fighters: Understanding Armed Political Actors’ Control of Sexual Violence

Led by Louise Olsson

Jan 2016 – Dec 2019

How do military actors attempt to stop or stem their personnel from engaging in wartime sexual violence? 

This project studies why and how diverse types of armed groups, with their varied agendas, motivations, institutions and gradations of sociality during wartime, create preventive cultures and pathways. 

Our investigation focuses on the gendered tendencies and tensions which reduce or alternatively, impart sexual predation by armed men (and women), and their logic and duration. 

Data collection techniques include interviews and focus group research in Burundi, South Africa and Uganda. 

Moreover, the project seeks to assess the ways that efforts to prevent sexual violence intersects with the global Women, Peace and Security Agenda to identify pathways for impact. 

A first step is to establish an understanding of how female mediation networks – a feature of increased efforts to involve women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding – has dealt with the problem of sexual violence in the study Mapping Female Mediator Networks, in a collaboration between Uppsala University, PRIO and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA).

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