Militarization and Violence against Women in Conflict Zones by Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

By Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

This ebook examines and discusses the ordeals that ladies face as violence is perpetrated opposed to them in politically conflicted and militarized components. In clash zones, each act is tormented by, depending on and mobilised by means of militaristic values. The militarization of either the non-public and public area and using the gendered our bodies raises the vulnerability of either women and men, and additional masculinises the patriarchal hegemonic powers. during the tales and ordeals of girls in politically conflicted parts and battle zones, and by way of sharing voices of Palestinian ladies from the Occupied Territories, it truly is proven that says reminiscent of 'security reasoning', worry from 'terrorism', nationalism, maintenance of 'cultural authenticity' and upkeep of the land can flip women's our bodies and lives into boundary markers and therefore websites of violence, contestation and resistance.

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Maisoon stated that she turned to wearing the veil not only for religious reasons, but also for political and social ones. She said that God’s command during hard times – here meaning during the Intifada – is of focal importance and carries a divine wisdom. The command is intended to protect and secure women from sexual harassment or abuse at the hands of military forces and also allows women to participate with greater freedom in the struggle. Wearing the veil, as Maisoon and Yusra stated, made them socially respected political activists, for their fear of Isqat, as Maisoon said, ‘turned my life upside down’.

All of the above-mentioned material, writings, and experiences are used here to help me illustrate, understand, and comprehend women frontliners’ actions and ordeals and the effect of the militarized context on their bodies and lives. It must be noted that working under occupation in such a politically insecure and physically threatening atmosphere called for watchfulness and caution in planning meetings, organizing discussions, or even being seen walking or talking in the street. In many cases I needed to help women frontliners fight back.

Moreover, during the first years of the First Intifada when I was an instructor of Social Work at Bethlehem University, I witnessed many female students changing the way they dressed. I recall one of the discussions that took place between two very active political students. Yusra explained that her choice to wear the veil was based on her belief that God, by commanding that Muslim women wear the Hijab, intended a differentiation between respectful, modest Muslim women and others. Maisoon stated that she turned to wearing the veil not only for religious reasons, but also for political and social ones.

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