Women in War and at War Conference

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With Dr Jamil Ammar: 'Preying on Women: Gender-Based Conflict Strategies in Syria' Abstract: As with all armed conflicts there are countless victims. At a certain point it often becomes difficult to determine who is on the side of right. Such is the case with Syria. There is no element of the Syrian conflict that is simple, save one. It is becoming increasingly clear that tactics used in this devastating conflict are targeting women in order to gain an advantage. These strategies include a range of measures that violate human rights and humanitarian law. This paper will examine gender-based strategies preying on women for the sole purpose of creating a culture of fear and mistrust as the Syrian conflict continues to rage. A survey of the human rights and humanitarian law to which Syria is bound will first be presented before outlining a number of ways in which women in particular are bearing a heavy burden as the target of multi-pronged assaults on their dignity and personal security. It will begin by looking at women as faux soldiers, a tactic used by the Assad regime as a tool to generate support. Threats of rape and sexual assault as spoils to the victor will be examined next as a tool for fuelling sectarianism, particularly among minorities. Finally it will look at the kidnapping, arrest and disappearance of women as a measure designed to force male family members to surrender to authorities. It will conclude with a comment on the cumulative impact of these strategies on the women of Syria.
PeriodSept 2014
Event typeConference
LocationWarwick, United KingdomShow on map