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The power of influences: The Democratic Republic of the Congo's efforts to combat conflict-related sexual violence

Holmqvist, Frida LU and Arnmarker, Lovisa LU (2016) FKVA22 20152
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), conflict-related sexual violence is widespread. The United Nations has made several efforts in combating this violence, for example adopting the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 from 2008. An interesting question is if these resolutions, which can be seen as a manifestation of an international norm that condemns sexual violence, can affect the behavior of states. In this study we have conducted a qualitative text-analysis of various reports and compared governmental initiatives by the DRC government before and after 2008, to see if the resolution has had an effect on the state’s behavior. In conclusion, we discovered that the DRC government has changed its behavior in line with the... (More)
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), conflict-related sexual violence is widespread. The United Nations has made several efforts in combating this violence, for example adopting the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 from 2008. An interesting question is if these resolutions, which can be seen as a manifestation of an international norm that condemns sexual violence, can affect the behavior of states. In this study we have conducted a qualitative text-analysis of various reports and compared governmental initiatives by the DRC government before and after 2008, to see if the resolution has had an effect on the state’s behavior. In conclusion, we discovered that the DRC government has changed its behavior in line with the resolution and that this could be explained by the social influence mechanism of acculturation, i.e. striving to belong to a social community (the international community). (Less)
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Holmqvist, Frida LU and Arnmarker, Lovisa LU
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organization
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FKVA22 20152
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L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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keywords
norm compliance, acculturation, 1820(2008), United Nations Security Council, the Democratic Republic of Congo, conflict-related sexual violence
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English
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8516119
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2016-02-02 14:52:54
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@misc{8516119,
  abstract     = {In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), conflict-related sexual violence is widespread. The United Nations has made several efforts in combating this violence, for example adopting the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 from 2008. An interesting question is if these resolutions, which can be seen as a manifestation of an international norm that condemns sexual violence, can affect the behavior of states. In this study we have conducted a qualitative text-analysis of various reports and compared governmental initiatives by the DRC government before and after 2008, to see if the resolution has had an effect on the state’s behavior. In conclusion, we discovered that the DRC government has changed its behavior in line with the resolution and that this could be explained by the social influence mechanism of acculturation, i.e. striving to belong to a social community (the international community).},
  author       = {Holmqvist, Frida and Arnmarker, Lovisa},
  keyword      = {norm compliance,acculturation,1820(2008),United Nations Security Council,the Democratic Republic of Congo,conflict-related sexual violence},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The power of influences: The Democratic Republic of the Congo's efforts to combat conflict-related sexual violence},
  year         = {2016},
}