Migration and displacement 10 September 2018 18:30 - 20:00

Sexual violence against migrants: Time for Action

Conflicts around the world are fueling sexual violence against men, women and children. This round table was joined by experts working in these conflicts to support and advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees who experience sexual violence.

Speakers & panellists

Peter Maurer
Opening remarks

Peter Maurer

President, ICRC

Meg Davis
Moderator

Meg Davis

Coordinator of sexual violence seminars, CERAH

Hillary Margolis
Panellist

Hillary Margolis

Researcher in Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Fouzia Bara
Panellist

Fouzia Bara

Medical Coordinator, MSF

Sophie Sutrich
Panellist

Sophie Sutrich

Institutional Lead on Sexual Violence, ICRC

Alexandra Macdowall
Panellist

Alexandra Macdowall

Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR

Prof. Doris Schopper
Concluding remarks

Prof. Doris Schopper

Director of CERAH

About the conference

Conflicts around the world are fueling sexual violence against men, women and children. This roundtable was joined by experts who are working in these crises to advocate for, and support the rights of migrants and refugees who experience sexual violence.

The event formed part of the 2018 Global Research and Debate Cycle on migration and displacement. It was jointly organized by the ICRC and the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH). ICRC President Peter Maurer delivered the opening address.

Background

Fleeing for safe haven can paradoxically expose people on the move to greater risks and fewer resources. Migrants, refugees, and others displaced may face numerous barriers to accessing urgently-needed health and psychological services. Criminal justice can also not be assured when traditional systems fail to reach across national borders. International humanitarian organizations urgently need to create and support effective, sustainable programs that can prevent and mitigate the risk of sexual violence, enabling victims to access life-saving services and continue their lives in new homes as empowered survivors.

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Date & Time

10 September 2018 18:30 - 20:00

Hosted by

Venue address

Humanitarium
17 avenue de la paix, 1202 Geneva