Rape has been a tool of warfare for the entirety of recorded history. And yet, it is almost always ignored and too often denied by those with the power to change the status quo — and so it continues, recognized by the international community as an atrocity, but with little accountability for the perpetrators. Drawing on deep experience reporting from conflict zones around the world, Christina Lamb explores the role of rape in warfare, the effects on survivors, and the unwillingness of the international community to bring cases of rape and war crimes against women and girls to international courts.
Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has reported from most of the world’s hotspots starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 22. She moved to Peshawar to cover the mujahideen fighting the Soviet Union and within two years she had been named Young Journalist of the Year. Since then she has won 15 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She was made an OBE by the Queen in 2013 and is an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford.
Emily Prey received her Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, focusing on Gender Analysis in International Studies and Human Security. She works on research and policy analysis for the Newlines Institute’s Refugee Standing Committee.