The Unspoken Cost of War - Gender-based Violence During Conflict



Violence against women, and its deep seated physical and psychological affects, is ever present in our global society. The 25th of November marks the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the first of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which this year explores the violence that women experience during conflict and the roles that women play in peace-building.

Political and social instability caused by events such as armed conflict, political crisis, displacement and natural disasters often lead to increases in violence against women. There is also growing recognition that sexualised violence towards women - violent acts such as rape, sexual mutilation, forced impregnation and sterilisation - are often used as weapons during conflict. And the abuse and suffering doesn’t end when the conflict is over.

We have seen women take a leading role during and after conflict to negotiate and maintain peace. How do we further support this and what needs to change for reconciliation processes to meaningfully include recognition of the violence experienced by women?

How do we safeguard against such sexualised violence and ensure access to necessary medical and psycho-social services to assist women who have had these horrific experiences? And what can be done to transform the behaviour that enables and encourages such violence in the first place?


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  • Venue National Film and Sound Archive,
  • Date & time 13/11/2012 5:30:00 PM 5:30pm - 7:00pm


The Unspoken Cost of War Canberra
Jeswynn Yogaratnam on the role of traditional and international law
Jeswynn Yogaratnam on educating men about gender discrimination
Khin Mar Mar Kyi on institutional denial and corruption
Khin Mar Mar Kyi on women in the peace process
Niromi de Soyza on ways of overcoming a victim mentality
Niromi de Soyza on why she became a child soldier
Niromi de Soyza's response to rape as a social norm


Gender-based violence during conflict

Violence during conflict has always been gender based. The universally agreed legitimate targets of this violence are men. The wholesale slaughter of men is most ...

Started 30 Jan 2013 - by L Greg Burton