UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and (in)Security: addressing sexual violence against men in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

My doctoral thesis critically examines UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. In particular, I explore the elision of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) perpetrated against men and boys in situations of armed conflict and forced displacement within the protective clause of the Resolution, and the Women, Peace and Security framework more broadly.

The focus of the thesis is on male sexual violence in the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region which was recently labelled ‘the worst place in the world to be a woman’ (Human Rights Watch 2009). Though the objective of the research is by no means to undermine the plight of women and girls in Eastern DRC, it is to challenge the prevailing notion that the lower number of reported incidences of SGBV against males justifies their invisibility.

Thus, by highlighting this omission from the Resolution, this study will consider the implications of a more expansive and ‘gender-inclusive’ protective framework against SGBV that more effectively meets the security needs of conflict-affected populations.

Chloe Lewis
Research Student