Women in Conflict: Militancy and Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria and Myanmar

As the violence committed by Myanmar’s army against the Rohingya and the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria hit international headlines, distinct features of Gender- Based Violence against women in these conflict zones cannot be omitted.

Systematic exploitation, physical abuse and war-rape are continuing acts of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) against the women of Rohingya in Myanmar and captives of Boko Haram in Nigeria. As many women survivors in these societies are set to reconstruct their lives in post-conflict situations, restricting them within a discourse of victimization appears unfair. Also, in Nigeria’s case, gender empowerment through female participation in terrorism is a matter of discussion due to its controversy. It can be argued that that female terrorism represents a dark consequence of GBV.

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