Rape: The Greatest Weapon of War

We should be careful not to adopt the gender-biased assumptions of traditional IR theorists who systematically categorize women as the victims, and men as the perpetrators of state violence. Indeed, women can also be the perpetrators of state violence. The former Government Minister for Women and the Family, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, has for example not only facilitated the massacre of Tutsis in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, but has also ordered and directed rapes and killings with the final aim of wiping out the Tutsi population.

Girl Child Soldiers: Myths and Reality

Written by: Ilina Trendafilova, a third year International Relations student who enjoys engaging with topics related to Africa, Eastern Europe and child soldiers. The article is inspired by her dissertation on Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda.  A woman can do what a man can. We were all equal. – Sonia, Philippines[i] Ever since I was 10…

Debunking Women’s Plight During World War 2

Chris La Cour is a second year History student whose interests include the differentiation between resistance, collaboration and complicity during World War Two and the study of the representation of war, particularly in the 20th century. William Chafe, in 1972, claimed that the Second World War was the ‘watershed event’, which ‘transformed the economic outlook…

Boys will be…honourable men

By: Raluca Murg Raluca is a postgraduate exchange student in the War Studies Department at KCL. Her home university is SciencesPo Paris where she studies International Security. Her main interests are European and Russian politics, non-proliferation of WMDs and the prevention of gender based violence in conflict and post-conflict areas. Let me begin by saying…

Being a Woman and Fighting Daesh

A detour by Rojava, radical gender egalitarianism on the Syrian front.     Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité does not sound French anymore. It now resonates as a broader European – or Western democratic – societal ideal. However, assuming that these principles should serve as the underlying basis of modern societies, where in the Arab world could we…