International Women’s Day 2014
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014, the ICRC is hosting a panel discussion on the theme of Hidden Wounds: the Long-Lasting Consequences of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. The discussion will shed light on the range of devastating impacts that sexual violence has on victims, their families and communities in armed conflict, and the challenges of developing an effective humanitarian response. Field and academic experts will participate in a roundtable discussion on issues such as the mental health impacts, transitional justice and children born of rape.
Where: ICRC Humanitarium, 19 Avenue de la Paix, Geneva
When: 10.03.2014, 12:30 - 14:30
A light lunch will be served from 12.00pm.
A collection of photos featuring women in situations of conflict from the ICRC’s collection will also be on display.
Acts of sexual violence in armed conflict and other situations of violence have severe and enduring consequences on victims and their communities. Although these acts constitute a violation of international humanitarian law, their use remains widespread in conflicts around the world.
Women, men, boys and girls can all be victims of this devastating phenomenon. In view of International Women’s Day 2014, this event will explore the diverse range of impacts that sexual violence can have on women – who represent the majority of victims of sexual violence - and their societies over the short and long-term.
Based on insights from the field, panellists will share their experiences of working with and addressing the needs of victims of sexual violence, and the challenges of developing a humanitarian response.
• Caroline Marquer, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor, ICRC (TBC)
• Angela Veale, Lecturer, University College Cork
• Caroline Eichenberger Fuhrer, Camarada
• Cecile Aptel, Senior Legal Policy Advisor, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Please RSVP here (registration form) by 7 March 2014.