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Vulnerabilities… Insecurities… & Hidden Sexualities…. Presentation at expert workshop on Counter-strategies against militarised masculinity in and following armed conflicts Berlin, 18 May 2011 Dr Chris Dolan Refugee Law Project, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda.

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Vulnerabilities insecurities hidden sexualities

Vulnerabilities…Insecurities…&HiddenSexualities…

Presentation at expert workshop on

Counter-strategies against militarised masculinity in and following armed conflicts

Berlin, 18 May 2011

Dr Chris Dolan

Refugee Law Project, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda


Vulnerabilities insecurities hidden sexualities

Conflict… Social Torture… Post-Conflict…

‘War is Not Yet Over’

Does the charge of ‘recruitment’ show the militarised mindset of these Warriors of Christ? Is this a mirror of their own experiences of manipulating disempowered men (& women) into becoming adherents of their extractive churches?

Narrative

Collapsing Masculinities in northern Uganda’s IDP camps: male susceptibility to harm others (recruitment, domestic violence) and self (alcoholism, suicide)

The Road to Work: Armed Guards and Roundabouts – are these the Barometers of Fear? Of civilians – and of Government?

Rape and Agape…

The case of James

The case of Mary

Militarisation as desperate attempt to recover ‘reciprocity’ of patriarchal father-son relationship? ‘somososfilhos dos nossospaes’

Vulnerabilities of Disempowered Men

Insecurities of Men in Power – lack of courage, lack of independence, lack of intellect

Hidden Sexualities as the meeting point of vulnerabilities & insecurities

At a structural level, is current wave of homophobic legislation a response to emerging TRANSNATIONAL identities? - is ‘LGBTI of the world unite!’ such a threat??

Indicates?

Governance response

  • - Militarise

  • Establish ‘authority’ (not legitimacy… ‘might is right’)

  • Army become Police, Police become Army

  • i.e. Gov’t at war with own people

  • - Minister for Ethics & Integrity

  • Anti-Homosexuality Bill

  • Priests & Pastors – are they soldiers in women’s clothing?

Refugee Law Project

Work with male survivors, their families and communities, as well as related service providers and Government (e.g. SGBVP weeks) NB relatively uncharted territory

  • Catalyse National Reconciliation process through research, communications, dialogue, training, legislative drafting

  • Work with technocrats

  • Memorialisation Project

  • - Create channels for Resettlement

  • advocate for changed asylum procedures (Getting Out)

  • Host Coalition to fight for sexual rights for all in Uganda


Vulnerabilities insecurities hidden sexualities

Militarised Masculinity: Possible Responses & International Support

Vulnerabilities

of Disempowered Men

Insecurities

of Men in Power – lack of courage, lack of independence, lack of intellectual openness

Hidden Sexualities as the meeting point of vulnerabilities & insecurities

Empowerment of subordinate men by breaking dependency and false reciprocity – and reducing ‘attractiveness’ of military ‘option’

Secure Governance through establishing authority based on legitimacy rather than force

  • Diverse Sexualities & Gender Identities as an expression of individual empowerment and democratic governance

Acknowledge & Address Male Vulnerabilities – especially in

SGBV Programming

Behaviour Change

DDR

NB IDENTITIES as much as ROLES

d) More liberal migration

e) More opportunity – Marshall plan?

Highlight & Challenge Insecurities (i.e. no collusion)

Develop courage to live democratically (NB careful examination of own shifting identities – German/Greek/European!) Beware neo-colonial charge…

Include & Integrate sexuality into discourse & practice of gender work in conflict & post-conflict settings (NB Starting from home… by challenging heteronormativity)


Besten dank f r ihre aufmerksamkeit

Besten…Dank…fürIhreAufmerksamkeit!

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www.refugeelawproject.org

www.international-alert.org/resources/publications/war-not-yet-over


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