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Liv Tønnessen

Liv Tønnessen is a senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and has a PhD in political science from the University of Bergen. She is currently the coordinator of the “gender politics” research cluster at CMI. Her research focuses on the intersection between Islam, politics and gender. She has built up an extensive track record in the Middle East and North Africa, with long-term stays in Sudan, Lebanon and Syria. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Sudan during the last eight years. She speaks Arabic and has published on Islamic law reform, Islamism, Islamic feminism, legal pluralism and gender justice, and women’s rights and gender-based violence with publishers like Duke University Press, Routledge, Brill, Oxford University Press, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis.

Research areas:  Africa , Inclusivity and gender

Publications

Complex realities and astute actors: Sudanese women’s activism and UN Security Council Resolution 1325
Unity state's minister for gender and child welfare Lubna Abdelgani addressing returnees at Kilo 8 outside Bentiu town by Sudan Tribune, adapted, with cc license from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93456065@N06/8518152723/in/photolist-dYHL38 Liv Tønnessen 28 January 2014
Sudanese women activists do not use United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 to claim rights. During my eight years of engagement with women’s activist from diverse backgrounds in the country I have hardly heard the resolution mentioned, except in the context of the Darfur conflict. It is understood narrowly by local actors... more  
From impunity to prosecution? Sexual violence in Sudan beyond Darfur
Patients wait for treatment at Sudan hospital by United Nations Photo Liv Tønnessen 12 March 2012
Serious shortcomings in Sudanese laws and practices contribute to the lack of protection of victims of rape in Sudan. There is need for comprehensive legal reform, particularly of Sudan’s Criminal Law of 1991. The categorisation of rape as a form of adultery does not result only in the virtual impossibility of convicting a rapist, but... more  

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