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The Anatomy of Rape. Rebuilding dignity in the face of shame and dishonour

Dr Eileen Pittaway

This paper is based on 18 years of field experience in Asia, Africa, and Australia, researching the rape and sexual abuse of refugee and IDP women and girls in conflict situations, camps and urban refugee settings. These actions are often  based on notions of depriving women of “honour” and thus shaming individuals, families and communities. In some cases it is used as a form of ethnic cleansing.

Conflict of Interest:  None Disclosed
Financial Support:  None Disclosed
Recorded at the 8th International conference of the International Society for Health and Human Rights in Lima, Peru in October 2008               
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Dr Eileen Pittaway

Dr Eileen Pittaway, Phd (Refugee Policy and Management), MBA (Social Policy and Administration), Grad. Dip. Social Administration, Grad. Dip.Education Studies, Dip. Social Welfare. Eileen is the Director of the Centre for Refugee Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work, co-ordinating and teaching in the Master Programs of International Social Development, and Refugees and Forced Migration.
In the past decade she has conducted research, and provided training to refugees, UN and NGO staff in refugee camps in Kenya, Thailand, Ethiopia, Bougainville, Egypt and Sri Lanka.
She is currently a Council Member of Asian Women's Human Rights Council; Chairperson of the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women; Honorary Life member of Asia Pacific Watch Management Committee, and Committee Member, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales.
In 2001 Eileen was awarded a Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission for her work with Refugee Women and Children.
In 2005 she was awarded a New South Wales Premiers Award for her contribution to public education regarding refugees.

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