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Tactical Rape in War and ConflictInternational Recognition and Response$
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Brenda Fitzpatrick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326694

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326694.001.0001

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Significant progress and ongoing challenges

Significant progress and ongoing challenges

(p.233) Ten Significant progress and ongoing challenges
Tactical Rape in War and Conflict

Brenda Fitzpatrick

Policy Press

This concluding chapter reiterates the argument that while there are serious limitations there has been significant progress in developing normative rejection of tactical rape and sexual violence in conflict. The major criticism to the idea of progress remains the ongoing use of these tactics in conflict by state actors. Non-state actors are largely outside any progress. However, significantly, tactical rape and sexual violence in conflict are now recognised as issues for concern by the most influential international forum, the Security Council. Even with a lack of power to enforce compliance there is at least recognition, rejection and institutionalised response. Ongoing challenges include changing gendered law and security sectors, providing appropriate and women-driven support for survivors and victims as well as training for courts and peacekeepers and ensuring data collation and dissemination as bases for programmes. Impunity must be challenged and societal relationships, policies and practices which render women vulnerable must be confronted.

Keywords:   tactical rape, security, significant progress, ongoing challenges, enforcing compliance, gendered law and courts

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