To launch the Gender in Conflict and Security webinar series, Christina Lamb, journalist, and author, will discuss her latest book, ‘Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women’.
The war crime few want to talk about: rape is used as a weapon to humiliate, oppress, seize territory, and carry out ethnic cleansing. Following an encounter with terrified Yazidi survivors in a dilapidated asylum place on a tiny Greek island, war correspondent Christina Lamb was so outraged at what she was hearing that she began collecting accounts from women and girls around the world.
”Our Bodies, Their Battlefield” is the first book to confront the long history of rape in warfare with the harrowing contemporary stories of women in 12 countries. From Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram fighters to be ‘bush wives’, to Argentinian women forced to have sex with their military captors, Rohingya women tied to banana trees and gang-raped by Burmese soldiers or grandmothers in the Philippines still trying to get justice 75 years after they were used as ‘comfort women’ by Japanese soldiers, this is their story, told for the generations to come. As one 16-year-old Yazidi girl puts it in the book, ‘no one should be able to say they didn’t know’.
In this webinar, Christina will discuss the scale of rape and the suffering and bravery of women in modern conflict.
Christina Lamb OBE is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has reported from most of the world’s hotspots and won the Foreign Correspondent of the Year award five times, as well as Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She was also named Feature Writer of the Year in last year’s British Press Awards. Currently Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Sunday Times, she has written nine other books. Her current title has been shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the PEN USA / John Kenneth Galbraith Award.
The webinar will be moderated by Dr Imogen Parsons, Senior Research Fellow and Acting Director, Terrorism and Conflict group, RUSI.
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