Salem Branch AAUW



Join us Saturday, November 15, 2015 at our Monthly meeting featuring a presentation by Willamette University Professor Jonneke Koomen about her new book: Unspeakable Suffering: Sexual Violence, Survivor Testimony, and International Justice in Africa

Through a grant from the American Association of University Women, politics professor Jonneke Koomen is completing her book, “Unspeakable Suffering: Sexual Violence, Survivor Testimony, and International Criminal Justice.”

The book examines how newly established international criminal tribunals investigate and understand sexual violence perpetrated in conflicts in East Africa.

While most scholars of gender and international justice focus on legal innovations pertaining to sexual violence, Koomen’s work examines international tribunals’ taken-for-granted routines in courtrooms and beyond. In doing so, she’s striving to help promote survivor-centered practices.

Koomen is the third Willamette faculty member in the past five years to win an AAUW Research Publication Grant. The award funds the publication of research works written by women independent researchers and college and university faculty members.

(Please note: While Dr. Koomen will not discuss graphic details of violence, she will refer to survivor testimonies on rape and sexual violence in the context of armed conflict during the presentation.)

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Biographical information: Jonneke Koomen received her doctoral in political science in 2009 from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Her research examines women’s rights campaigns in East Africa. For the past 5 years Jonneke has taught courses on transnational feminism, African politics, human rights, and international politics at Willamette University. She is committed to expanding access to education for first generation college students and she supports immigrant rights campaigns in Oregon.


About Salem Branch

Salem Branch has been recognized for leadership, member outreach, public policy, using technology, local projects, and contributions to the AAUW Funds that are awarded as scholarships, fellowships, and for projects that engage girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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