Gender, Justice, and Accountability: Atrocity Crimes and the Protection of Witnesses and Survivors

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Integrating an intersectional gender analysis is critical to understanding how certain crimes have a differentiated impact on people. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to violations in crises and conflict situations and face significant barriers in accessing justice, whether they are victims, witnesses, alleged offenders, or detained. Men and boys face a range of gendered violations in conflict where they are at higher risk of detention, recruitment and use in armed forces and armed groups, and extrajudicial execution. Men, like women, suffer interconnected harms in these situations, which also include the risk of conflict-related sexual violence. It is thus critical to develop and implement strategies to ensure that justice and accountability measures address structural gender factors and cover the full range of violations faced on account of sex and gender.

Join Women In International Security (WIIS) and the Embassy of Liechtenstein on December 12 at 10:00 AM (EST) for a virtual discussion on gender and international criminal justice. Experts from the United Nations, United States Government, and civil society will discuss how a gender perspective can be integrated into existing efforts to promote justice and accountability, including witness protection measures across the conflict cycle, and the impact that a lack of special measures could have on women’s access to justice.

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Introductory Remarks
H.E. Ambassador Georg Sparber, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the U.S.

Catherine Marchi-Uhel
Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM – Syria), United Nations

Susan Notar

Senior Advisor at U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Criminal Justice, Middle East Team

Wai Wai Nu
Rohingya Burmese Activist and Founder and Director, Women’s Peace Network

Naomi Kiko (invited)
Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

Ariela Blätter, President and CEO, Women In International Security