Women and girls hardly ever literally fight the world’s wars, but they often suffer the most as both primary and secondary victims. It is the case that men too suffer, but women carry the differential burden of rape. In both ancient and modern times, rape has been used as a collective punishment for the defeated, but it has increasingly been used by countries not at war to cause terror and humiliation amongst the political dissenters; Zimbabwe is one of these countries.
New report by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) focuses on politically motivated rape in Zimbabwe, and how it is used as a psychological weapon in order to humiliate the political opposition.
Read the report here.