The Relationship Between Development and Violence against Women in Post-conflict Bougainville

Michelle Tonissen

The number of conflicts fought between and within countries has risen since World War II. One consequence of conflict is increasing violence, especially violence against women. As Sorenson (1997:26) suggests, ‘organised violence may be linked to increases in domestic violence, and women may experience an escalation of violence as a result of conflict’. It is, therefore, an important topic of investigation because violence against women is not only a social issue, in health and human rights terms, but also a development issue. This paper examines these issues, using Bougainville as an example of a society that has experienced conflict and where violence against women is prevalent. Key issues will be discussed in the context of the wider Pacific region.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 25, 2021
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