Panel discussion

Monday 18 June 2018, 18:30 - 20:00

Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics

Organised by the Gender Centre

Venue: Maison de la paix, Auditoire A2
Chemin Eugène-Rigot, 2
1202 Genève

In 2012 Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence declared: "Sexual violence is no longer a gender issue" as a way of acknowledging the prevalence of sexual violence committed against men and boys. The issue of sexual violence against men, gendered or not, remains one that is under-researched, rarely addressed in international policy and only recently identified by the International Criminal Court under the rubric of rape.

The launch of the book Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics breaks new ground in theorizing sexual violence against men and boys and examining its deeply gendered roots from different angles based on primary and secondary research and commentary.


Presentation of the book:

  • Maria Stern, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, "Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics: The Issues"
  • Marysia Zalewski, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, "Provocations and Debates"
  • Henri Myrtinnen, International Alert, United Kingdom, "Languages of Castration"
  • Paula Drumond, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, "Revisiting Sexual Violence against Men in the Former Yugoslavia and Beyond"
  • Elizabeth Mesok, Swisspeace, "Men, Masculinity, and Sexual Violence in the US Military".

Comments by:

  • Veronica Birga, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ursula Keller, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

This event is organised with support from The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Maison de la paix Gender and Diversity Hub, the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Swedish Research Council.

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