The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) is pleased to announce the most recent publication of Dr. Choman Hardi, “Gender and Genocide, Two Case Studies”, in Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security. The volume is edited by Caron E. Gentry, Laura J. Shepherd and Laura Sjoberg, and published by Routledge in August 2018.
This handbook is a comprehensive study of gender and security in the global context. It highlights the importance of utilizing a gender lens to thinking about security, causes and effects, and the possibilities of making the world better in the future. It contains 34 chapters by scholars with a diverse range of theoretical and policy concerns.
After reviewing the literature in the field of gender and genocide and tracing its development, Dr. Hardi’s chapter studies women’s experiences of two cases of genocide in Kurdistan-Iraq. More specifically, it discusses the Anfal genocide in 1988 and the Ezidi genocide in 2014 with a particular focus on sexual violence. Comparing the experiences of female survivors of two different genocides in the same region helps us understand how the dominant discourses of the time influence women’s narrations, endurance, and survival.