Fall 2021 Conflict Series: Wartime Sexual Violence, Transitional Justice, and Women’s Agency: The Case of Kosovo
Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches, and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.
Gender-based sexual violence during conflict is not inevitable but is nearly ubiquitous. A crime that remains misunderstood, difficult to prevent, undercounted, and often goes unpunished, it has long-term consequences for entire communities. Women, who are not the sole victims of sexual violence, are the leading advocates for recognition and justice through their domestic and transnational networks. The case of Kosovo illustrates the successes and the limitations of their mobilization.