Inclusive gender: Why tackling gender hierarchies cannot be at the expense of human rights and the humanitarian imperative

25 September 2017 Chris Dolan

The "Debate" section of the Review aims to contribute to the reflection on current ethical, legal or operational controversies around humanitarian issues. In its issue on "Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict" (Vol. 96, No. 894, 2014), the Review published an Opinion Note by Chris Dolan entitled "Letting Go of the Gender Binary: Charting New Pathways for Humanitarian Interventions on Gender-Based Violence", arguing for a shift in the conceptualization of gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian settings from an emphasis on gender equality to an ethos of gender inclusivity.

About the author

Chris Dolan
Director of the Refugee Law Project

Chris Dolan has worked extensively as an academic, practitioner and activist with refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ex-combatants in conflict and post-conflict settings in sub-Saharan Africa. As Director of the Refugee Law Project, a university outreach project in Uganda working with refugees and IDPs from across the Great Lakes region, he has established new programming for male survivors of conflict related sexual violence alongside existing work with women survivors, as well as drawing attention to the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees. He has consulted widely with the UN and non-governmental organizations on the same.