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Sex as a Weapon of War


Sexual violence against civilians is a common feature in modern wars. The impact on survivors, primarily women and girls, and their communities is devastating. There have been strong moves by the international community to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict. Natasha Yacoub explores whether these measures go far enough, and what more is needed to make a real change.


Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Natasha Yacoub

Natasha Yacoub is an international human rights lawyer. After a period with the Australian federal government, she spent the past 11 years working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This has taken her on postings from Egypt to Ireland, to Australia and the Pacific. After... Read more


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