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DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND MEN AND BOYS
Has Patriarchy been Stealing the Feminists' Clothes? Conflict-related Sexual Violence and UN Security Council Resolutions
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2014
© 2014 The Author. IDS Bulletin © 2014 Institute of Development Studies
Special Issue: Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence by Editors Jerker Edström, Abhijit Das and Chris Dolan
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 80–84, January 2014
How to Cite
Dolan, C. (2014), Has Patriarchy been Stealing the Feminists' Clothes? Conflict-related Sexual Violence and UN Security Council Resolutions. IDS Bulletin, 45: 80–84. doi: 10.1111/1759-5436.12071
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2014
The UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2106, in June 2013, and the declaration on preventing sexual violence in conflict adopted by G8 in London, in April 2013, signal a possible paradigm shift in how the international community can do ‘gender’, particularly in the arena of conflict-related sexual violence. Whilst UNSCR 1325 and its successors succeeded in drawing greater attention and funding to the particular needs of some women, they failed in comprehensively responding to the phenomenon of conflict-related sexual violence. This is largely due to a systematic reluctance to confront the reality of conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys, coupled with an active complicity in silencing that reality in what effectively reverted to a patriarchal discourse dressed up in feminist clothing. A new and unashamedly gender-inclusive resolution is required if gender-based violence (GBV) interventions are to be released from the stifling grip of a patriarchal mode of ‘doing gender’.