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Special rules on women

Quenivet, Noelle

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Noelle Quenivet
Director of Research and Enterprise (BLS)


Andrew Clapham

Paola Gaeta

Marco Sassoli


This chapter discusses the protection afforded to women under the Geneva Conventions. It covers provisions for the protection of women, protection of specific categories of women, and protection of women detainees. Overall the Conventions provide special protection for pregnant women, maternity cases, and mothers of children aged under 7, and address the vulnerability of women to sexual violence in armed conflict. However, these provisions have been criticized for perpetuating stereotypical ideas of women as weak individuals whose ‘honour’ is defined by reference to male views on women, associating women with children, and failing to consider gender rather than sex as the distinguishing factor.


Quenivet, N. (2015). Special rules on women. In A. Clapham, P. Gaeta, & M. Sassoli (Eds.), The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (1271-1292). Oxford University Press

Publication Date Oct 15, 2015
Deposit Date May 11, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 15, 2017
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 1271-1292
Series Title Oxford Commentaries on International Law
Book Title The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary
ISBN 9780199675449
Keywords special, rules, women
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Additional Information Additional Information : N. Quenivet, Special rules on women in The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary edited by A. Clapham, P. Gaeta and M. Sassoli, [2015], reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press


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