Lack of clean water tied to rape in the Solomon Islands

By Kerry K. Paterson — April 26, 2013

On any given day, women around the world will find themselves in danger of rape while performing the most basic acts of survival. Acts borne of necessity, such as fetching clean water for cooking or washing, or gathering firewood, often leave women vulnerable to rape and gender-based violence as they are forced to venture to remote areas. Yet these types of chores are overwhelmingly performed by women, as they are considered to be part of the domestic sphere.

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ON Kerry Paterson:

Kerry Paterson is a Masters of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Prior to this she completed an Honours degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, graduating with High Distinction. Her interest in gender, health, justice and conflict, stems from a commitment to social justice and a concern about human security and the cost of conflict. Kerry has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights, as well as on conferences on community-level approaches to peacebuilding, and sexualized violence in Libya and Syria. She is, an associate editor of the Journal of International Law and International Relations, a research manager for the Associate Dean of Research at the Rotman School of Management and a research assistant to the Director of the MGA program. She is Director of Strategy at BeSmart, or organization focused on generating consumer awareness about conflict minerals, and is currently an intern at the Women Under Siege Project at the Women’s Media Centre in New York, focusing on documenting the use of sexualized violence and rape in conflict zones. Her interests have led her to research and volunteer in the Balkans, East and Central Africa.