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© Remembering Srebrenica

Roundtable: Breaking the Silence: Gender and Genocide

An event for Srebrenica Memorial Week

Thu 6 Jul 2017

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

Featuring Dr Rebecca Jinks (Royal Holloway), Dr Lisa Pine (London South Bank University), Dr Catherine Baker (University of Hull), Amelia Handy (Remembering Srebrenica) and Dr Andrew Johnston (School of Oriental and African Studies), with reflections by Dr Barbara Warnock of The Wiener Library.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. To commemorate this anniversary, the United Kingdom’s Srebrenica Memorial Week runs from Sunday 9 July to Sunday 16 July 2016. The theme to mark this anniversary is Breaking the Silence: Gender and Genocide.

Within the space of a week in July 1995, 8372 mostly Muslim men and boys were murdered in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces in an act of genocide. When we talk about “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia and how people were targeted for acts of violence, we usually think about their Bosnian Muslim identity. However, there was another, hidden, dimension to this selection – the gender of the victims. Srebrenica was the final act in a genocidal plan aimed at Bosnian Muslims.  Among the victims of this plan were the 20,000 to 50,000 Bosniak women and girls – as young as 12 – who were subjected to sexual violence. The exact number of victims is not known because the majority of them have remained silent, through stigma, shame and fear.

This roundtable event, hosted by The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, features talks on gender in relation to the Bosnian War, as well as on the significance of gender in the Cambodian and Armenian genocides and the Holocaust, and seeks to explore the issue of gender in different genocides and different places. 

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