Rethinking 'sexual exploitation' in UN peacekeeping operations

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Title Rethinking 'sexual exploitation' in UN peacekeeping operations
Author SIMIC, OLIVERA
Journal Name Women's Studies International Forum
Year Published 2009
Place of publication NSW
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This article will question definitions used by researchers in their studies of “sexual exploitation” in UN peacekeeping operations. The article will suggest that there is confusion about the definition of “sexual exploitation” not only among scholars undertaking empirical studies and exploring “sexual exploitation” issues in several peacekeeping missions, but also among UN peacekeeping personnel and local people. I look closely at nine empirical studies and explore the language used, the definitions of “sexual exploitation”, the identified causes of “sexual exploitation” and the difficulties of gathering evidence in cases of “sexual exploitation”. My article will suggest that the term “sexual exploitation” is broadly defined and contentious, and might cover activity that is not necessarily “sexually exploitative”. The article concludes that researchers have not questioned the over inclusive and broad term of “sexual exploitation” defined in the Secretary General's 'zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and sexual abuse' [SGB (Secretary General's Bulletin) (2003) Special measures on protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. UN Doc ST/SGB/2003/13] and, consequently, conflate all forms of sexual relationships with forced prostitution, rape, human trafficking and other forms of sexual offences.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2009.05.007
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 32
Issue Number 4
Page from 288
Page to 295
ISSN 0277-5395
Date Accessioned 2011-01-17
Date Available 2011-11-04T06:32:56Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Socio-Legal Research Centre
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Human Rights Law
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37882
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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