Accession Number:

ADA565060

Title:

The Impact of Gender Based Violence on Stability and Security

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

JOINT CENTER FOR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STUDIES INC WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-05-23

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

Our globally interconnected world has brought with it globally interconnected problems. One of these problems is gender-based violence GBV. The links between GBV and a nations security and stability are undeniable. High rates of such violence drain the state of both earnings and resources, and threaten stability and governance at all levels. GBV discourages investment, destroys social cohesion, and limits employment and educational opportunities. GBV is an important barometer of state fragility as it points to the states inability to provide basic security, services, or capacity to impose social controls on GBV behavior. This is particularly harmful to development efforts in low-income and war-torn countries. We can ill afford to continue ignoring GBV in its various forms throughout the world. It is a public health issue and human rights issue affecting poverty, development, and economic growth, which are all critical to stable nations and a stable world. GBV includes such acts as rape and sexual assault, child marriage, prostitution, female genital mutilation, dowry-related violence, trafficking, sexual gender-based violence during armed conflict SGBV, gendercide, honor killings, forced sterilization, and acid throwing. Any long-term solution to GBV is best addressed using cross-cutting strategies at multiple levels. This can most effectively and affordably be done using a human security model consisting of two components, physical security and human development. The intent of this paper is to promote a better understanding of GBV and its impact on U.S. and global stability and security. It provides a case study of GBV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC. The DRC is a mineral and oil rich country in which trade in these resources has created a cycle of conflict resulting in an epidemic of GBV. This project will identify comprehensive strategies to address GBV to prepare local women in the DRC and globally as future peace builders.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE