Law and Policy Events 5 May 2022 11:00 - 12:30 CET

Preventing sexual violence in South Sudan and CAR: insights from young men and their communities

Video

Speakers & panellists

Helen Durham
MODERATOR

Helen Durham

Director, International Law and Policy, ICRC

Emilie Venables
SPEAKER

Emilie Venables

Operational Researcher, Centre for Operational Research and Experience (CORE), ICRC

Precious Eriamiatoe
SPEAKER

Precious Eriamiatoe

Addressing Sexual Violence Manager, ICRC

Henri Myrttinen
SPEAKER

Henri Myrttinen

Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bremen

May Maloney
SPEAKER

May Maloney

Head of Addressing Sexual Violence, ICRC

About the event

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is delighted to invite you to the launch of the report '"My father and cows will go to court, not me." Male Perceptions of Sexual Violence in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

This launch presents a qualitative research study conducted in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan by the ICRC's Centre for Operational Research and Experience (CORE), that explores what men and their communities understand by 'sexual violence' and how it can be prevented.

Drawing on interviews and focus group discussions with almost 200 participants, findings show that sexual violence remains a devastating problem in the urban and rural communities where the study was carried out.

The study explored the myriad of causes or drivers of sexual violence described by communities. Findings highlight socio-economic factors, including displacement, poverty and living in a conflict-affected area with limited economic prospects; external influences, including guns, alcohol, drugs and access to social media and pornography; and a wider, general acceptance of the inevitability of sexual violence and the environment of impunity that reinforces it. Permeating all these explanations – although rarely expressly articulated – are the deeply-rooted cultural, gendered norms that govern societal relations from an early age.

The report provides detailed recommendations and implications for those working to prevent sexual violence, and highlights the need for partnerships and community engagement when involving men – and their wider communities - in prevention activities. The ICRC is uniquely positioned to work with potential perpetrators of sexual violence through its engagement with weapon bearers, and panellists will reflect upon the implementation of the findings in the work of the ICRC and more widely.

The launch will begin with a presentation of the research study by Emilie Venables, Operational Researcher in the ICRC's Centre for Operational Research and Experience (the CORE) ICRC.

This will be followed by a presentation from Henri Myrttinen, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bremen looking at the role of male engagement in the prevention of sexual violence more generally.

There will then be an interactive panel discussion involving members of the ICRC's Addressing Sexual Violence team in Geneva and Juba.

  • Emilie Venables, Operational Researcher, Centre for Operational Research and Experience (CORE), ICRC
  • Precious Eriamiatoe, Addressing Sexual Violence Manager, ICRC
  • May Maloney, Head of Addressing Sexual Violence, ICRC
  • Henri Myrttinen, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bremen
  • Moderated by Dr Helen Durham, ICRC Director of International Law and Policy

  

 

 

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Date & Time

5 May 2022 11:00 - 12:30 CET

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