Violence Against Women in Peace and War: Cases from the Middle East explores violence against women in the Middle East. Through a narrative research approach, Maria Holt compares a range of settings and experiences, arguing that (1) violence against women tends to increase during periods of conflict; (2) such practices are legitimized by an already existing environment in which violence against women is tolerated; (3) women are building strategies, both at local and regional levels, to combat and eliminate violence, thus enabling them to play a more constructive role in processes of conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction; and (4) the greater the commitment by public authorities to creating sound local frameworks to address violence against women the stronger will be Arab women’s ability to resist conflict.
Maria Holt is reader in politics at the University of Westminister.
Introduction: Telling a Shattered Story
Chapter One: The War Story
Chapter Two: Violence Against Women in an Insecure State: A Case Study of Lebanon
Chapter Three: Violence Against Women in a Society Under Stress: Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Chapter Four: Gender and Violence in Revolution: Women and the “Arab Spring” Uprisings
Chapter Five: The Complex and Multi-layered Narratives of Women: Violence in War-Torn Societies
Conclusion: The Court of Public Opinion