Beyond a 'survivor-centred approach' to conflict-related sexual violence? adding a connectivity lens

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Within policy discourse on conflict-related sexual violence, there is a strong emphasis on the need for and importance of a ‘survivor-centred approach’. This interdisciplinary article seeks to demonstrate that such an approach, by itself, is too narrow. Emphasizing connectivity, a central concept within the science of ecology that refers to connections that enable and facilitate vital ecological processes, the article’s core argument is that survivor-centred discourse critically marginalizes, or neglects, the fundamental webs of connectivity with which the everyday lives of those who have suffered conflict-related sexual violence are intricately interwoven. The article draws on qualitative interviews with victims-/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia and Uganda to empirically develop two ‘connectivity critiques’ of survivor-centred discourse, focusing on resources and health respectively. Ultimately, it is not advocating the abandonment of a survivor-centred approach, but, rather, a social ecological reframing of it.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Affairs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Apr 2021