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Justice for women in war?: Feminist ethics and human rights for women
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics.
2003 (English)In: Feminist Theology, ISSN 0966-7350, Vol. 11, no 3, 331-346 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite its commonality rape in war has long been an invisible warcrime. Gender-based violence has escaped sanction because it has beenshielded into the private sphere. Although rape in war is a form of publicviolence committed by soldiers representing a state it continues to beconceived as a private crime, committed by individual men. If women’shuman rights are to be respected in war and in peace the imaginaryborder between the public and the private has to be abandoned. In thisarticle rape in war is studied as a case of injustice for women in violentconflict. Arguments against feminist versions of ethics of care are formulatedas these theories fail to challenge the public/ private distinction dueto deep and constitutive gender norms. As an alternative, a narrative,feminist ethic of justice is presented based on women’s narratives ofexperienced injustice in war. The theoretical model is developed throughthe integration of values derived from the ethics of care and thereby dismissesthe distinction between public and private and between reasonand emotion. The conclusion is that both substance and form of humanrights must be based in concrete, situated gendered people’s experiencesof getting their human rights violated.

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2003. Vol. 11, no 3, 331-346 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-103033DOI: 10.1177/096673500301100308OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-103033DiVA: diva2:217240
Available from: 2009-05-13 Created: 2009-05-13 Last updated: 2010-01-12Bibliographically approved

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