Skip to main content

Book Launch: Challenging Conceptions: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation

Venue: Online

Book your place


The Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters Project (SHaME) is hosting its final online event, a book launch and panel discussion with editors Kimberly Theidon, Dyan Mazurana and Dipali Anumol for their new book, Challenging Conceptions: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation.

Event details: 
Tuesday 05 March 2024
Online via Zoom
10.00-11.00am EST / 3.00-4.00pm GMT

Worldwide, tens of thousands of children have been born because of wartime sexual violence. The Women Peace and Security Agenda focuses on women’s experiences, priorities, and roles in peacebuilding during and after war. Several Security Council Resolutions focus on sexual violence during conflict. Yet there is only passing mention of the full range of sexual and reproductive rights and freedoms of women such as pregnancy, abortion and forced maternity. Additionally, while there are important advances in international calls to action for children born of sexual violence in conflict, there is a dearth of in-depth and longitudinal research to inform these calls to action.

Join editors Kimberly Theidon, Dyan Mazurana and Dipali Anumol as they share contemporary research findings and insights regarding the health and wellbeing of children born of wartime sexual violence, their mothers, fathers and broader communities. The book launch will be chaired by SHaME's Dr Rhian Keyse, with presentations by Kimberly, Dyan and Dipali, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A.

• Life Cycles: Children Born of Wartime Rape Across Time and Space – Kimberly Theidon
• (In)visibility: Concealment, Disclosure, and the Question of Categories – Dyan Mazurana
• Transformations: Intergenerational Reconciliation and Justice – Dipali Anumol

Challenging Conceptions explores the latest research about these children, their mothers and fathers, and the experience across their life cycles. Through rich ethnographic and longitudinal research, the book identifies both the challenges and discrimination that many of the children experience, as well as the factors that may enhance their life chances. This ground-breaking collection explores the life cycles of children born of wartime rape across time and space. It shines light on the legacies of conflict-related sexual violence on mothers, children, families and communities. It focuses on the psychological, physical, sexual, and emotional impact of violence and its aftermaths on these children and their mothers. It explores the different ways these children learn about their origins and how they, their families and societies react to that understanding. It reveals the local, national, and international actions of how children born of wartime rape and their families are positioned in society and how they strive to transcend this and position themselves as they move from abuse, marginalization, and pain into belonging and justice.

If you order Challenging Conceptions from Oxford University Press, you can receive a 30% discount with the code ASFLYQ6.



You can read more about this event by visiting the SHaME website.

Please consult our Safeguarding Statement for this event. 

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be booked in advance.

Please note this event is taking place online via Zoom. The joining link will be shared upon booking but will only be accessible an hour before the event starts.

Please note that this event will be recorded (speakers only).

Contact name: