Wearing DDP Barra McGrory’s glasses until her own were located, Prof Monica McWilliams delivered a lecture this evening in St Mary’s University College on Conflict or Peace: What difference does it make for women? as part of Féile an Phobail.
The academic and former Human Rights Commissioner highlighted instances of violence and discrimination against women in conflicts around the world, including Northern Ireland.
The accessibility of guns in NI is reflected in the most prominent method of spousal homicide in contrast with the most common methods in England and Wales.
Monica recalled visiting an NI prison – in the late 1990s – and “running the gauntlet” of porn images on the walls of prison staff areas over the heads of the female secretarial staff.
What goes on during a war can continue to happen after the war is declared over.
The law often fails to support victims, particularly women. Rape is not mentioned in the Geneva Conventions. Only recently has the cessation of rape been written into ceasefire agreements.
In the conclusion of her talk, Monica asked what justice looks like for victims of intimate violence? What does it look like for those who form no part of the decision-making after a conflict and in the making of the peace?
Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.