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Action to combat impunity and improve accountability for victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence: practical tools and experiences

December 10, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hosts: Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and United States of America

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic

Where: room 18


Drawing on first-hand experience from sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) experts who have directly investigated and prosecuted crimes and/or engaged in survivor-centered prevention strategies in the field, this event seeks to elicit practical tools and experiences across humanitarian settings, both conflict and non-conflict. With an interactive question and answer format that invites participation from the audience, different humanitarian and justice sector actors will have the opportunity to share lessons learned.

More specifically, we will be looking at different tools, including: the Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings; Standard Operating Procedures for Prevention of and Response to SGBV; the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict and initiatives such as Justice Rapid Response deployments; the _Safe from the Start_ initiative and the Roadmap for the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies. In doing so, we will consider the wider framework and multi-sectoral model. What accountability and justice mean and how to effectively deliver them across humanitarian and crisis situations will be questioned and examined. We will also touch on the achievements and challenges of prosecuting SGBV crimes in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Baroness Anelay, the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict will moderate the event and facilitate discussion between 4 experts: Sara Ferro Ribeiro, expert on violence against women and girls, and co-author of the International Protocol; Andras Vamos-Goldman, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response; Catherine Andela, UN Regional Emergency Gender-based Violence Adviser; and Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel at the ICTY.

We invite you to pose your questions to the panelists in advance on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKMissionUNGeneva. We will try to incorporate as many as possible into the event.

This post is also available in: French, Spanish, Arabic


December 10, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Room 18
The International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland