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Title:Sexual violence issues in eastern DRC: processes of global and local co-constitution
Author:Jean-Bouchard, Évelyne
Year:2017
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:51
Issue:2
Pages:257-273
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:women's rights
sexual offences
women
international relations
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2017.1302807
Abstract:According to Séverine Autesserre, there is a dominant culture within the field of international peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo that excludes any action at the local level. This dichotomy between the local and the global is also noticeable in terms of women's rights, where international human rights law and local customs are opposed. But in order to grasp the complexity of the emancipation movements of the female victims of violence in North Kivu, we must consider the multiplicity of the semi-autonomous social fields that regulate the lives of individuals on the local and global spheres, as well as the social actors' interactions within these spaces. Using the results of an ethnography study carried out in North Kivu between 2011 and 2012, we will see that these actors not only construct law, but they also inhabit normative systems built and maintained by them.
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