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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Rohingya Genocide: A Feminist Situational Analysis

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Amy Rosenberg

London School of Economics and Political Science, GB
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This dissertation is driven by the research question: ‘How far does patriarchal oppression explain the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war?’ focusing on the recent genocide in Myanmar (2017) against Rohingya Muslims by the Tatmadaw (armed forces). Specifically, the violence on the 25th of August 2017 and the following weeks in northern Rakhine state, as the site of mass killing, is examined. The role of patriarchal oppression is explored, but also social psychological factors, including dehumanisation, obedience, and conformity, in the post-colonial context. The use of sexual violence as a genocidal tool is found to be embedded in patriarchal domination, working through numerous psychological mechanisms. Sexual violence is not always at the forefront of the study of genocide and extreme violence, and this research chooses to make front and centre the experience of women and girls as survivors, with the aim of understanding this phenomenon. Qualitative, case study research is conducted to this end, drawing upon an interdisciplinary blend of theory combining feminist theory, political theory, and psychology, as well as NGO reports and interview data.
How to Cite: Rosenberg, A., 2022. Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Rohingya Genocide: A Feminist Situational Analysis. LSE International Development Review, 2(2).
Published on 20 Apr 2022.
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