Book Launch: Only Rape! Human Rights and Gender Equality for Refugee Women

About the Event

Join UNSW's Adjunct Associate Professor Eileen Pittaway and Dr Linda Bartolomei for the launch of their most recent book


During this hybrid event Professor Jane McAdam will moderate a panel discussion with the book’s authors Eileen Pittaway and Linda Bartolomei and one of their key collaborators, Apajok Biar, a former refugee from Sudan and Chair of the Women Gender and Diversity Working Group, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.


They will share a series of short film clips of their work with refugee women and girls in refugee camps and at the United Nations and discuss their motivations for their 33 years of research and advocacy to address sexual and gender-based violence and support gender equality for refugee women and girls, and the importance of rigorous academic analysis as part of advocacy Apajok Biar will speak briefly to her part in this research and advocacy journey and to the importance of working with refugee women and girls as equal partners.


The book will be launched by Professor Jan Breckenridge.


Participants will be invited to join and informal afternoon tea following the event

About the Book

This book charts the roller coaster ride taken by the authors over the past 33 years, in the ongoing fight to acknowledge, prevent, and respond to the rape and sexual abuse of women in conflict and displacement situations. They have worked with an international network of academics, refugee women, and human rights activists in 22 countries. The story moves between refugee camps and the United Nations, refugee settlements in cities and national governments. Theory and ethical research methods are an important part of the story. At times it is very confronting, sometimes amusing and often uplifting.


For those guests who wish to view the book launch via Zoom please register choosing a 'Digital Ticket' and a Zoom link will be forwarded to you closer to the event.


For event enquiries or to discuss any access requirements, please call Emma Snowden on 0417517049 or email