While scholars increasingly focus on the gendered elements of genocide, these are not often holistically discussed in the prevention literature. There is a tendency to fall into a gendered binary, whereby prevention is a masculine activity, while peacebuilding is represented as more maternal and feminine. However, women do not always exclusively mobilise for others, nor do they fit neatly within circumscribed categories of victims or peacebuilders. Rather, they have the ability to develop and refine a contextually relevant style of feminist agency that allows them to navigate and make sense of the everyday violences to which they are exposed. This article challenges trends of gendered essentialism and critically reads genocide and atrocity crimes “from the bottom up.” It expands beyond case studies to highlight the emergent lessons of Zulver’s High Risk Feminism framework for critical genocide prevention studies.
The author wishes to thank Andrew Woolford, Alex Hinton, the participants at the Critical Genocide Prevention Workshop (University of Manitoba, October 2018), and the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and suggestions. She also wishes to thank Roxani Krystalli for her thoughtful insights.
Zulver, Julia Margaret
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