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Proposal for New Wiki Article Titled "The Prosecution of Gender-Targeted Crimes"Edit

Hello, I am planning to create a new article titled, "The Prosecution of Gender-Targeted Crimes," and I find this article to be the most similar to the one I am proposing. Although this is a fairly new article, I am surprised by the fact that there were no posts before this one, but I am hoping to get some advise from the editors of this page that would help me create my article, so I have included a brief proposal of the new page below.

After editing the "War Rape" section of the "Rwandan Genocide" article and renaming it as "Gender-Targeted Crimes," I have decided to expand beyond the Rwandan situation of gender-targeted crimes and look at the justice system of such crimes in the international and domestic (as in U.S.) perspectives. The class that I am doing the Wikipedia projects for has re-emphasized the importance and graveness of gender-targeted crimes and the lack of necessary action in carrying out the prosecution for these crimes.

To provide evidence of the graveness of the gender-targeted crimes, I have included some statements and the sources below:

  • Between 200,000 and 500,000 women are estimated to have been raped during the Rwandan Genocide. (Elbe, Stefan. 2002. "HIV/AIDs and the Changing Landscape of War in Africa." International Security, 27(2): 159-177), and it took the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which was created to manage trials of the crimes committed, 3 years to proceed its first rape indictment (Haddad, Heidi. 2011. “Mobilizing the Will to Prosecute: Crimes of Rape at the Yugoslav and Rwandan Tribunals.” Human Rights Review. 12(1): 109-132.)
  • In the U.S. 700,000 rapes are estimated to occur every year, but the actual number of cases may be up to fifty times the reported cases (Seager 2008).
  • Marital rape is not recognized as a crime in most countries (Seager, Joni. 2008. The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World. 4th ed. New York: Penguin Books. ).
  • Although the Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994, began providing services for women facing violence, but there are limits on gender-targeted crimes reaching the Supreme Court and many of the violence cases are left for the state governments to oversee (Resnick, Judith. 2001. "Categorical Federalism: Jurisdiction, Gender, and the Globe." The Yale Law Journal. 111(3): 619-680. ).

The evidence above suggests that there is a great lack of prosecuting the crimes. Not even in the U.S. is there a efficient, working system. To solve this problem, the obvious thing to do is to find justice for the violence- to improve and reform the prosecution of the crimes. It's an issue that all nations need to focus attention to.

For the new article, which will be titled, "The Prosecution of Gender-Targeted Crimes," I plan to have information on the types of gender-targeted crimes (such as rape and domestic violence), the International Aspect (tribunals, the International Criminal Court), Domestic Aspect (United States), and Suggested Solution section. This is just a basic plan for now as I plan to develop a detailed outline when I do more research and get advice.

I have found scholarly articles that provide background information on the prosecution of the gender-targeted crimes. From a brief overview of the articles, it seems that much more needs to be done in regards to improving the prosecution system. I plan to read the articles in detail to gather more information.

I worry that the article may sound like an essay and less of an encyclopedia entry. Does anybody have some advice on avoiding that problem? Additionally, I would love to have feedback on my proposal for the new article. Any advice that would help improve the plan for my new entry would be much appreciated! Thank you. MinjKim (talk) 22:19, 6 March 2013 (UTC)