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How does Amnesty International portray victims of sexual violence during armed conflicts?: - The role of gender in the construction of victimhood
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The following Bachelor’s thesis is a descriptive single case study on how Amnesty International portrays victims of CRSV. More specifically, it examines how victim portrayal is connected to the conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity through applying a social constructionist gender perspective combined with the ideal victim theory. The analysis has been conducted through a careful examination of Amnesty reports treating the issue of sexual victimization within the context of conflicts collected from Amnesty International’s webpage. The research findings indicate that Amnesty International relies on a gendered understanding concerning who can be an ideal victim of sexualized violence. It mainly portrays victims in the light of female gender, i.e., with feminine assumptions, relying on the essentialist perception of vulnerable/weak women and dominant/aggressive men. While efforts by Amnesty to acknowledge male victimization has not happened in isolation, the acknowledgment has however been only limited to recognition rather than a detailed consideration of the issue.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Conflict-related sexual violence, Amnesty International, sexual violence, ideal victim, gender
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12565Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12565DiVA, id: diva2:1227877
Subject / course
Political science
Educational program
International Programme in Politics and Economics
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Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-27 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved

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