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Born of War Protecting Children of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Editor: R. Charli Carpenter

Despite the international humanitarian community’s interest in sexual violence as a problem in conflict situations and the protection of war-affected children, there has been no recent research that assesses the needs and interests of children born of war in different contexts. Further, there is no significant body of knowledge by which to establish best practices with respect to advocating for and securing their human rights. This book attempts to fill that gap by drawing together the perspectives of 25 scholars from 14 disciplines to provide a multi-faceted view of the human rights of children born of wartime rape and sexual slavery in conflict zones worldwide. By detailing the impacts of armed conflict on these children’s survival, protection and membership rights, as well as through moving case studies, the book illustrates the tragic fact that these children are particularly vulnerable in conflict zones and pose a very pressing human security concern. Case studies also highlight the different responses made by communities towards these children. The book is framed within the lens of advocacy, as contributors have conducted their research with the goal of advocating for greater consideration of this group of children in international human rights discourse and practice.

Title: Born of War Protecting Children of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones
Editor: R. Charli Carpenter
Print date: 2007
Pages: 243
ISBN: 978-1-56549-237-0. WE853
Price: $23.95

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The State of the World’s Children 2007

Examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives – and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls.
This pocked-sized Executive Summary provides an overview of the report, and includes summary indicators that provide economic and social data on all of the world’s regions.

Author: UNICEF
Price: Free
No. of pages: 41
Publication date: December 2006
Publisher: UNICEF
Languages: English (French, Spanish)
ISBN:13: 978-92-806-4064-9; ISBN:10: 92-806-4064-X Available in the following formats for free:
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Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II
by Yoshimi Yoshiaka

An unsparing look at one of the great war crimes of the 20th century. . .

To this day, many Japanese argue that their country was the victim and not the perpetrator of the Pacific War, and that even in losing the war, Japan can be proud that it led to the end of western colonialism in Asia. Of course this blinks the fact that Japan was one of the worst colonialists ever to set foot in another country. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Japanese military’s infamous “comfort stations”–largely staffed by unwilling young women from the colonies.

The largest number of “comfort women” were Korean and Chinese, followed perhaps by prostitutes recruited in Japan itself. (Even where the comfort women had earlier worked in “the shameful profession,” as the Japanese military called it, there’s a question as to how voluntary this was. As late as 1933, Japanese prostitutes were confined to red-light districts, and extreme measures were used to prevent them from escaping.) But everywhere the Japanese army and navy went, local women were rounded up and sent to the military brothels. Catholic Filipinas, Dutch Indonesians, Pacific Islanders, and perhaps Australian nurses–all were grist for sexual slavery.

  • Author: Yoshimi Yoshiaka
  • Title: Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; New Ed edition (July 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231120338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231120333
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • List Price: $28
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    This comprehensive and important volume includes contributions by activists, journalists, lawyers and scholars from twenty-one countries. The essays map the directions the movement for women’s rights is taking–and will take in the coming decades–and the concomittant transformation of prevailing notions of rights and issues. They address topics such as the rapes in former Yugoslavia and efforts to see that a War Crimes Tribunal responds; domestic violence; trafficking of women into the sex trade; the persecution of lesbians; female genital mutilation; and reproductive rights.

  • Title: Women’s Rights – Human Rights
  • Author(s): Julie Peters and Andrea Wolper
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 14, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415909953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415909952
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.8 inches
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    The 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights expresses the credo that all human beings are created free and equal. But not until 1995 did the United Nations declare women’s rights to be human rights, and bring gender issues into the global arena for the first time. The subordination of indigenous and minority women, ethnic cleansing, and the struggle for reproductive rights are some of the most pressing issues facing women worldwide.Women and Human Rights is the first collection of essays to encompass a global perspective on women and a wide range of issues, including political and domestic violence, education, literacy, and reproductive rights. Most of the articles were written expressly for this volume by internationally known experts in the fields of government, bioethics, medicine, public affairs, literature, history, anthropology, law, and psychology.

  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1 edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813529832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813529837
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
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    “Will you listen?” – Young voices from conflict zones

    Title: “Will you listen?” Young voices from conflict zones
    Author: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Global Youth Action Network (GYAN), UNICEF, UNFPA and Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
    Price: Free
    No. of pages: 25
    Publication date: October 2007
    Publisher: UNICEF
    Languages: English (French, Spanish)

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    This report, a companion to the Machel Study 10-Year Strategic Review, compiles the views and recommendations of some 1,700 children and young people in 92 countries, including many who have experienced conflict. Their thoughts and ideas were collected as a key contribution to the Strategic Review through a series of focus group discussions and an online questionnaire. “Will you listen?” presents a wide range of voices and concerns documented from these discussions.

    To receive a free copy of this book by UNICEF you can also link here: “Will you listen?”


    Are Women Human?
    by Catharine A. Mackinnon
    ISBN13: 9780674021877
    ISBN10: 0674021878
    Publisher Comments:More than half a century after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights defined what a human being is and is entitled to, Catharine MacKinnon asks: Are women human yet? If women were regarded as human, would they be sold into sexual slavery worldwide; veiled, silenced, and imprisoned in homes; bred, and worked as menials for little or no pay; stoned for sex outside marriage or burned within it; mutilated genitally, impoverished economically, and mired in illiteracy — all as a matter of course and without effective recourse?
    The cutting edge is where law and culture hurts, which is where MacKinnon operates in these essays on the transnational status and treatment of women. Taking her gendered critique of the state to the international plane, ranging widely intellectually and concretely, she exposes the consequences and significance of the systematic maltreatment of women and its systemic condonation. And she points toward fresh ways — social, legal, and political — of targeting its toxic orthodoxies.
    MacKinnon takes us inside the workings of nation-states, where the oppression of women defines community life and distributes power in society and government. She takes us to Bosnia-Herzogovina for a harrowing look at how the wholesale rape and murder of women and girls there was an act of genocide, not a side effect of war. She takes us into the heart of the international law of conflict to ask — and reveal — why the international community can rally against terrorists’ violence, but not against violence against women. A critique of the transnational status quo that also envisions the transforming possibilities of human rights, this bracing book makes us look as never before at an ongoing war too long undeclared.

    Title: Are Women Human? – And Other International Diaologues
    Author: Catharine A. Mackinnon
    Publisher: Belknap Press
    Publication Date: April 2006
    Binding: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Illustrations: none
    Pages: 432
    Dimensions: 9.25 x 6.25 in
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    Hundreds of journalists, authors, photographers and editors around the world contributed to the success of this award winning publication.

    1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe introduces the 1000 women who were collectively nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Each peacewoman is presented on a double page, with a biography on one page, and in most cases a portrait photograph on the facing page, or alternatively a quotation. The biographies provide insight into the life and work of women engaged in social justice and peace in different countries and contexts. The biographies are arranged around ten thematic areas of work:

    • Reconciliation and Reconstruction
    • Women’s Rights – Human Rights on the Way to Gender Democracy
    • The Struggle for Survival: Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
    • Economic Rights and Livelihood
    • Justice and Peace
    • Stopping the hidden war against women: Women, Health & Peace
    • A Thousand Ways to Educate for a Global Culture of Peace
    • Women’s efforts for Environmental Justice & Ecological Security
    • A Cultural Conception of Peace
    • Politics & Governance

    The book reflects cultural differences and the different ways that women articulate their vision of peace; and presents a colorful mosaic of different styles and voices. The book is produced by Swiss publisher Kontrast and published internationally by Scalo.

    1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe is an important reference and guide for NGOs, governments, ecumenical groups and peace and women’s networks, as well as individuals interested in grassroots movements and the growth of democratic civil society.

    The publication was awarded by the Swiss Ministry of Culture as “One of the Most Beautiful Books of 2005”, and we would like to recognise and thank the work of Alberto Vieceli and Tania Prill.

    The book is available worldwide through book stores served by Thames&Hudson distributors and


    War’s Offensive on Women contends that humanitarian groups’ attempts to provide assistance and protection for women will fall short unless they make women major actors in such efforts. Mertus shows how human rights laws are beginning to address gender-based violence, and how agencies can respond to women’s needs in conflict and post-conflict settings. The book is of wide interest to humanitarian and human rights practitioners, policymakers, and students alike.

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565491173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565491175
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
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