Call it what it is: when should we talk about conflict-related sexual violence?

Wednesday 9 Oct 2019, 16:15 - 17:45
Spoken Language
Room 3.14
International Institute of Social Studies
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Working in the field of conflict-related sexual violence is tricky. If you don’t call it what it is, then multiple interventions to support survivors are more difficult or impossible. If you do call it what it is, many victims will not come forward.

Organized in cooperation with the Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives (SJP) major, this panel explores these tensions and how they are being addressed, both by service providers and in academic debates.

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, through a multi-country consultation and campaign to ‘Call it What It Is’, has elaborated and launched a ground-breaking Civil Society Declaration elaborating survivor-led definitions and a more comprehensive understanding of the forms and scope of conflict-related sexual violence.

Refugee Law Project, based in the Faculty of Law at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, is at the forefront of enabling disclosure of harms by male survivors and has developed a cutting edge ‘Screen-Refer-Support-Document’ model resulting in unprecedented levels of disclosure of war-related harms - without always ‘calling it what it is’.


This panel discussion will be moderated by Jeff Handmaker, SJP major convenor with:

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For more information, contact Jeff Handmaker.

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