Out of Sight, Out of Mind: War, Gender, and the Silent Victims of the Syrian Conflict

A RightsViews article by Philip Belau
Monday, December 19, 2016

In a new RightsViews article, Philip Belau of the grassroots refugee organization Connecteer examines how sexual violence and rape is used as a weapon in the Syrian conflict against women, but also men and boys. 

Belua  argues that there are no simple solutions to address the problem of sexual violence and rape against men and boys, but that the first step begins with questioning the simplistic and stereotyped gender binary norms which prevent men from coming forward with their stories.

Philip Belau is Executive Director and Founder of Connecteer, a grassroots organisation for refugees. He holds a masters degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has been involved in several humanitarian projects in the Middle East. He recently joined Amnesty International Switzerland as Country Coordinator for Syria.

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