Systemic Silencing: Addressing Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Armed Conflict and its Aftermath

  • Chloé Lewis
Part of the Thinking Gender in Transnational Times book series (THINKGEN)


Feminist international legal scholarship is conventionally aimed at addressing the androcentric bias of international law. Its starting point, therefore, is that women have been and continue to be excluded from international law vis-à-vis both its emancipatory and protective potential. As Elisabeth Evatt states in her foreword to Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin’s seminal treatise, The Boundaries of International Law, international law ‘shows little concern for women, their interests and their special vulnerabilities’.1 However, in light of the proliferation of international laws, policies and programmes addressing conflict-related sexual violence over the course of the last two decades, this chapter seeks to add nuance to this claim. More specifically and towards this end, this chapter explores the silencing of male ‘victimhood’2 within mainstream international sexual violence discourse.


United Nations Sexual Violence Armed Conflict Systemic Silence Male Victim 
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