Thursday 29 September 2011, 13:00-15:00
Panel on Sexual Violence and Accountabilities
Palais des Nations, Room XXIII
Organised by Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Graduate Institute's Programme on Gender and Global Change
Sexual Violence is a consequence of militarization and occupation. It is said to be “inevitable” but how and why? Armed forces are subject to strict discipline, UN Peacekeepers are guided by zero tolerance policies and yet even a cursory examination of countries where there are bases for foreign troops, occupation or peace keeping shows that sexual violence and exploitation are prevalent.
The film, The Whistleblower, soon to come to Geneva, is a powerful depiction of the trafficking and sexual exploitation that went on in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is to have an internal showing at the UN in October. What lessons can we learn from the experience of Bosnia? What must be done to ensure that immunity does not equal impunity?
The eminent panel at this event will cover the range of situations from bases to peacekeeping and will seek to answer:
In essence: How do we ensure that there is real prevention and real accountability?
The panel will be interactive with Elisabeth Prügl of the Geneva Graduate Institute putting questions to the panelists with questions from those attending being welcome.