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This SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant (2015-2020) documents cases of so-called forced marriage in conflict situations, places this data in historical context, and impacts the international prosecution of crimes against humanity as well as local reparations programs for survivors of violence. With the central participation of community-based organizations in Africa, this project will strengthen individual’s and organizations’ capacity to prevent violence, and advance understanding of the use of conjugal slavery as a tool of war through evidence-based research.

Building on the success of a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (Bunting 2011-2015) and insights gained by the partners over the past four years, this interdisciplinary team of researchers and partners explores the social and legal meaning of conjugal slavery or servile marriage in times of war and the implications of this gender violence in post-conflict situations. Through archival, qualitative, and legal research this Partnership explores the experiences of men and women who were subject to or participated in enslavement in the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, and Mali.

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Managing life after war: how young people in Uganda are coping

By Teddy Atim For over two decades between 1986 and 2006, northern Uganda experienced a prolonged conflict pitting government forces ...
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Developments in ‘forced marriage’ as a crime against humanity – Case Note ECCC 002/02

By Annie Bunting The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) released its much anticipated decision in the trial ...
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Newly Released Child Tracing Report

UBC partners join Women’s Advocacy Network (WAN) to release a report, Child Tracing in post-conflict northern Uganda:  A social project to unite children ...
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