In this concept paper Romi Sigsworth probes and highlights the existence of Gender-Based violence (GBV) during periods of conflict. She looks to describe Gender-Based violence and the different forms it can take, underlines the afflictions that women suffer in times of conflict while illuminating on how GBV during conflict is a continuum of GBV through pre-conflict and post-conflict. The paper provides an analysis of the relationship between Gender-Base violence and transitional justice, the realities of the inconsistencies in justice in the context of war-crimes and sheds light on institutional reform as well as methods of peace building.
Romi Sigsworth is a former CSVR senior researcher. She holds a BA (honors) in English from Rhodes university, BA in English language and literature as well as Master of studies from Women's studies from Oxford University.