The problems of sexual violence during armed conflict are multi-dimensional, whether these concern sexual torture, opportunistic sexual violence, or systematic sexual abuse institutionalized through tactics of war. In an attempt to address these concerns, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1820 on June 19, 2008, which recognizes that sexual violence is deployed for military and political ends, and calls for a coherent response to the problem.
One year since the resolution's passage, USIP will hold a public event to discuss specific cases of widespread and systematic sexual violence in Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda, and to consider various policy challenges, including the absence of effective monitoring for sexual violence in ceasefires; the lack of effective peacekeeping responses; how to address sexual violence in peace processes; and the potentially stigmatizing impact of reparations for survivors.
1. Neil Boothby
U.S. Institute of Peace Grantee
Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Director on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
2. Dara Cohen
U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randoplh Dissertation Peace Scholar
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
3. Anne-Marie Goetz
Chief of Policy and Governance, UNIFEM
Chief Advisor, Governance, Peace and Security
4. Kathleen Kuehnast, Moderator
Associate Vice President, The Grant Program, U.S. Institute of Peace
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online Registration is required. Please follow the link to RSVP.