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.


ASAUK 2018 Event

Call for papers ASAUK 2018

STREAM: Slavery and Marriage in African Societies Stream organisers: Benedetta Rossi (University of Birmingham, UK) and Joel Quirk (University of ...
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‘Do Not Remain Silent’ A discussion about sexual violence in South Sudan and justice and reparations measures

On Wednesday 13th September, Refugee Law Project's Director, Dr Chris Dolan, was privileged to participate in a panel convened and hosted ...
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Tackling Conflict-related Sexual Violence: How much are we tapping from young people’s creativity?

By Onen David Ongwech, Programme Manager - Gender & Sexuality Published 10th July 2017 I recently found my commitment to ...
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