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The UN, Women’s Movements, and the Post-Conflict Response to Sexual Violence

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The UN has promoted the establishment of specialized criminal justice mechanisms, such as specialized police and gendarmerie units, to respond to post-conflict sexual violence. However, countries have differed in how they have established these units.

Drawing on over 300 interviews in Liberia and CÔte d’Ivoire, Professor Peace Medie's presentation analyses how factors such as the strength of the women’s movement affects the establishment of these specialized units and the performance of personnel.

About the Speaker

Peace A. Medie is an award-winning scholar and a writer. She is associate professor in politics at the University of Bristol. She studies state and non-state actors’ responses to gender-based violence and other forms of insecurity in countries in Africa. Her book, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. Her research has been funded by organizations such as the Andrew W, Mellon Foundation, the Harry Fank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, and she has won several awards for this work, including the 2019 Best Article Award of the European Journal of Politics and Gender. She was a co-editor of African Affairs from 2017 to 2022 and co-edits the Oxford Studies in African Politics and International Relations book series. Medie is also a novelist and short story writer.  Her debut novel, His Only Wife, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, a New York Times Notable Book of 2020, and a Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020. Her second novel, Nightbloom, will be published in July 2023 by Algonquin Books.