'Sexurity' and its Effects in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Title'Sexurity' and its Effects in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMertens, Charlotte, and Maree Pardy
JournalThird World Quarterly
Pagination956 - 979
Date Published04/2017

Newly recognised as a threat to global peace and security, sexual violence in conflict is now a fixed item on international security agendas. This marks significant progress for women, gender equality and the integrity of peace programmes. Our aim here, however, is to reflect upon the risks that inhere in this accomplishment. Through the concept of 'sexurity', a tripartite amalgam of the securitisation of sexual violence, the sexualisation of security, and the language of crisis, we outline the adverse effects of tethering sexual violence to security. This article concerns itself with the material and symbolic effects of 'sexurity' for eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It first outlines 'sexurity' and the context of its emergence before, drawing on fieldwork in eastern DRC, the second part underlines the effects of 'sexurity' for the country. [Author]

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