EVENT: Forced to Report? Understanding the Humanitarian Impact of Mandatory Reporting


Speakers & panelists

PANEL 1: Moderator

Marina Tondo

Humanitarian Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Adviser, British Red Cross
PANEL 1: Panelist

Nelly Staderini

SRH Advisor, MSF
PANEL 1: Panelist

Maria Oleka

Sexual Violence Operations Manager, Nigeria Delegation, ICRC
PANEL 1: Panelist

Grace Acan

co-founder of the Women's Advocacy Network Uganda (WAN), SEMA Member, and Survivor Advocate
PANEL 2: Moderator

Maria Carolina Aissa de Figueredo

Adviser for Humanitarian Diplomacy and Policy, Addressing Sexual Violence team, ICRC
PANEL 2: Panelist

Lindsey Cameron

Head of the Unit of Thematic Legal Advisers, ICRC
PANEL 2: Panelist

Dr. Romina Sijniensky

Legal Expert and Former Deputy Registrar of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
PANEL 2: Panelist

Spyridon Koletsis

Police and Gendarmerie Thematic Adviser, ICRC
PANEL 2: Panelist

Brig. Gen. James Dak Karlo

Director of the Special Protection Unit, South Sudan National Police Service
PNAEL 3: Moderator

Avigail Shai

Policy Adviser, ICRC
PANEL 3: Panelist

Dr. Lujain Alqodmani

President, World Medical Association
PANEL 3: Panelist

Camille Michel

Legal Adviser, MSF
PANEL 3: Panelist

Catrin Schulte-Hillen

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies Specialist
Program Support Unit, Humanitarian Response Division, UNFPA
PANEL 3: Panelist

Dr. Asma Hasnat

Health Program Coordinator, Norwegian Red Cross/Pakistan Red Crescent Society

About the event

Mandatory reporting is a law and/or policy obligation for health care personnel to report cases of sexual or gender-based violence to law enforcement agencies, often without requiring the consent of the adult victim/survivor.

While the introduction of mandatory reporting may be well intended to address impunity, prevent future crimes and protect victims/survivors, it is potentially incompatible with international law and may create legal and ethical dilemmas for healthcare providers.

In 2020, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the British Red Cross (BRC) published their operational research, Forced to Report: Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. This multi-country study analyzed the impact of mandatory reporting requirements on the health-seeking behaviors of adult victims survivors of sexual violence and the unintended consequences such requirements may have when applied in humanitarian settings.

Over the last four years, the ICRC and BRC – together with its Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement – have continued to implement key policy recommendations from the study. Through direct engagement with authorities, communities, and other service providers, significant advancements have been made to better address some of the humanitarian consequences of mandatory reporting to better prioritize victims and survivors' safe access to quality care.

This year the ICRC and BRC will be marking the International Day for the Elimination of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence by co-hosting a half-day hybrid event that builds on the global expertise developed over the last four years titled, "Forced to Report? Understanding the Humanitarian Impact of Mandatory Reporting."

Over the course of three expert panels, we will bring together policymakers and practitioners to review the existing evidence base, analyze the different legal and law enforcement approaches, and better understand how mandatory reporting may unintentionally complicate safe access to healthcare for victims and survivors in humanitarian settings.

This hybrid event will take place at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, and it will aim to explore these critical questions with experts from across the gender, health, legal, and law enforcement fields, sharing insights that will be invaluable for anyone who is committed to ensuring the safety and dignity of victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

PS. French and Arabic interpretation will be provided online via Zoom for those who request it through the registration link.



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