From 6 to 7 September, UN Women and the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice are bringing together the Chief Prosecutors and key staff of international courts based in The Hague, together with gender justice experts, states parties, academics, donors and women living in armed conflict situations to advance and strengthen international justice including accountability for sexual and gender-based violence.
In this first of its kind symposium to give training on sexual gender based violence, taking place in The Hague, a distinguished panel will provide a review of some of the successes, challenges and lessons learned from tribunals and courts dealing with the prosecution of gender-based crimes.
The aim is to further strengthen prosecutions in this area. This is a unique opportunity to examine the importance of and obstacles faced in preparing cases at the investigation and pre-trial phase. The panels will discuss investigative challenges in gathering evidence, including those where gender-based crimes have occurred.
UN Women has been working to stop gender-based crimes and violence and help those who have been victims of such brutality. A look at some of the work in the different regions:
As reparations are considered in Northern Uganda, ways are sought to equally include female survivors
Following decades of civil strife and insurgency in northern Uganda, there has been much discussion on how to achieve lasting reconciliation. High on this agenda is reparations for its victims. read more »
UN Women condemns violence against Afghan women and calls for justice
Statement by Michelle Bachelet Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, 13 July 2012. read more »
Maria da Penha Law: A Name that Changed Society
In May 1983, biopharmaceutist Maria da Penha Fernandes was fast asleep when her husband shot her, leaving her a paraplegic for life. read more »
Q&A with peacekeeper Sahely Ferdous, Superintendent in the Bangladesh Formed Police Unit, Haiti
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, commemorated each year on 29 of May, is an occasion to salute the 120,000 peacekeepers serving in 17 missions in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous environments. In the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the Bangladeshi contingent is composed entirely of women. read more »
Bolivia Approves a Landmark Law against Harassment of Women Political Leaders
On 14 May, Bolivia’s Legislative Assembly finally gave the green light to the Law against Harassment and Political Violence against Women, a ground-breaking law to protect women and their political participation. read more »