Keeping 1325 Alive: Four Strategies to Reduce Sexual Violence in Conflict: South Sudan

Today’s blog post will address an article by Spangaro et al., (2015) entitled ‘Mechanisms underpinning interventions to reduce sexual violence in armed conflict: A realist-informed systematic review’ and will apply it to the local South Sudan context. Sexual violence is used as a tactic of war in many conflict areas worldwide, by both military and … Continue reading Keeping 1325 Alive: Four Strategies to Reduce Sexual Violence in Conflict: South Sudan

Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue campaign: part 2

Read part one Canada’s Response On June 4, 2015, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, issued a statement condemning in the “strongest terms all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peace operations.” The statement goes on to express outrage over the delay in UN investigations and to welcome the announcement of … Continue reading Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue campaign: part 2

Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue Campaign: Part 1

“When the UN becomes the protectors of predators, instead of the prosecutors of predators, that destroys me because I believe in the UN and I believe in the power of the UN to make change.” Theo Sowa, CEO of African Women’s Development Fund. by Sara Walde, WPSN-C intern and MA candidate in International Development and … Continue reading Sexual assault, UN peacekeeping, and the Code Blue Campaign: Part 1

Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights: Presentation by Jess Tomlin, executive director, MATCH International

The following is the prepared remarks presented by Jess Tomlin, executive director, MATCH International, at the Senate Human Rights Committee on June 11, 2015. Video is also available. Thank you very much, Madame Chair, and good morning to all. I would like to thank the Committee for the opportunity to appear before you today. My … Continue reading Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights: Presentation by Jess Tomlin, executive director, MATCH International

Julienne Lusenge and the situation for women in eastern DRC

by Monique Cuillerier, Membership & Communications Director, World Federalist Movement - Canada On Tuesday, January 20th, Julienne Lusenge, President of Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), provided an account of her experience mobilizing women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to a group in Ottawa. Current situation Lusenge provided a very helpful overview … Continue reading Julienne Lusenge and the situation for women in eastern DRC

#16 Days: When sexual and gender-based crimes are committed in the context of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

Sexual and gender-based crimes are difficult to prosecute and secure convictions for under any conditions. When they are committed as acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes -- and are dealt with as part of the international justice system -- the situation is even more fraught and complicated. However, the past year has … Continue reading #16 Days: When sexual and gender-based crimes are committed in the context of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

P is for Preventing Conflict Sexual Violence…. Or is it?

by Doris Buss The UK Government is throwing the largest, global party on ending conflict sexual violence in London, and the guest list is impressive with, according to the latest publicity, “113 countries, 70 ministers, and over 950 registered experts” in attendance, not to mention Angelina Jolie and other celebs. I’ve been thinking about parties … Continue reading P is for Preventing Conflict Sexual Violence…. Or is it?