A Gendered Lens For Genocide Prevention. (1) How can an understanding of gender performativity contribute to genocide prevention?
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(1) How can an understanding of gender performativity contribute to genocide prevention?
the behaviour you are socialised into or trained into.
– Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
These women are in fact merging their nature with the multifarious demands of culture and environment.
Women from the ‘Liberian Mass Action for Peace Campaign’ forming a barricade at the Ghana Peace Talks in 2003.
“Gender is an identity tenuously constituted in time, instituted in an exterior space through a stylized repetition of acts.”
– Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Women staged a protest where they stripped to their bras in defiance against the sexual assault by police officers against Ingrid Turinawe, a high profile female opposition politician.
Uganda April 2012.
No Sex Campaign
Women from the ‘Liberian Mass Action for Peace Campaign’ protesting at a local fish market as Charles Taylor’s envoy passes by.
The raping of women, men and children has become a common weapon in genocides and mass atrocities.
Connection between Grosz’s rendition of the nature of time and the nature of being (a man or a woman) in a war zone and the prevention of mass atrocities:
– Elizabeth Grosz, Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power
Children playing and hiding in rocks of Nuba mountains during aerial bombardments
The SPLA – Sudan’s Peoples Liberation Army are responsible for many attacks against civilians,
including sexual assaults in the Jonglei Region
“Responding to violence with violence generates more violence. We as women are called to generate life, peace and freedom. We plant the seeds, and we must generate the conditions so that the seed can grow. We are not alone; we must support ourselves our families and communities. We can do this together”
How can we consider gender and ways in which gender is performed for building long term prevention mechanisms for genocide and mass atrocities?