Gender and Catastrophe

Authored by: Ronit Lentin (Editor)

Categories: Humanitarian Emergencies, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Mass Atrocities, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 1997
Citation: Lentin, Ronit, ed. Gender and Catastrophe. London: Zed Books, 1997.

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This volume explores the gendered and gendering effects of violence against women in the extreme situations of major wars, genocides, famines, slavery, the Holocaust, mass rape, and ethnic cleansing. The female experience of methodical genocidal rape in the former Yugoslavia, women’s coerced participation in the Rwandan massacre, the comfort women system during World War II, the gendering of genocidal strategies during the Holocaust, nuclear testing in the Pacific, and the reproduction policy in Tibet are analysed from a feminist perspective and integrated into a wider framework – a framework which uncovers the true consequences of identifying women as simultaneously sexual objects, transmitters of culture, and symbols of the nation.