Malyse Uwase ’13: “The Multiple Faces of Conflict: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in the Democratic Republic of Congo” – March 25, 2013

The use of rape as a weapon of war has transformed human bodies into battlefields. Recently after many years of denial, the international community has condemned the use of rape in conflict and recognized it as a crime against humanity, a weapon of war, and genocide. By focusing on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo where sexual violence is prevalent, this presentation will look at how the international community gradually condemned this human rights violation, and if efforts to end its use have been effective thus far.

On campus, Malyse is involved in the Bucknell African Student Association and she was an International Orientation Leader for the past two years. She is interested in pursuing a career in the field of women and development, and last summer she interned for Physicians for Human Rights, a nonprofit in Boston. She was working for its program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones conducting desk research on three different countries on this issue: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and Uganda. Her presentation is related to her experience with this organization.

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