Sexual slavery, forced marriage, conjugal slavery: problems around collecting the voices of the victims

Gaëlle Breton-Le Goff Courts distort the voices of victims in various ways, making it difficult to piece together the truth. It is disturbing to note that the perpetrators and victims who testified in the Charles Taylor trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone all used the word “marriage” to describe what are really imposed sexual relations.1 It is therefore … Read moreSexual slavery, forced marriage, conjugal slavery: problems around collecting the voices of the victims

Research as more than extraction? Knowledge production and gender-based violence in African conflicts

By Annie Bunting and Joel Quirk Researching gender-based violence in African conflicts is ethically treacherous. A new series looks at how researchers can avoid the worst pitfalls while working in the field. Many different methods can be used to collect information. Most people start with the internet. Some even go to libraries. In most cases, … Read moreResearch as more than extraction? Knowledge production and gender-based violence in African conflicts

Landmark Resolution Still Being Held Back

By Heather Tasker The United Nations Security Council passed the 9thresolution on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), UNSCR 2467, on April 24th, 2019 after extended backroom debate. The draft resolution was put forward by Germany and supported by France. Over the last month, there has been significant engagement with both the resolution and how it … Read moreLandmark Resolution Still Being Held Back

Two York scholars to receive Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

May 20, 2019 York University graduate students Melchisedek Chétima (history) and Sylvie Bodineau (anthropology) have been named among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Awarded by the Government of Canada, the Banting Fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years to support research in three areas: health research, natural sciences and/or engineering, and … Read moreTwo York scholars to receive Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Julienne Lusenge, la militante congolaise qui veut arrêter les viols

Available in French only 27 février 2019 La présidente de l’Association Solidarités des femmes pour la paix et le développement intégral (SOFEPADI) et Directrice du Fonds pour les femmes congolaises (FFC) était à Genève ce lundi 25 février 2019, aux côtés du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, António Guterres, et de Peter Maurer, le Président du … Read moreJulienne Lusenge, la militante congolaise qui veut arrêter les viols

Managing life after war: how young people in Uganda are coping

By Teddy Atim For over two decades between 1986 and 2006, northern Uganda experienced a prolonged conflict pitting government forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. The conflict, the longest of Uganda’s post independence struggles, was rooted in the colonial legacy of divide-and-rule. This was often along ethnic and regional lines. The conflict had … Read moreManaging life after war: how young people in Uganda are coping

Developments in ‘forced marriage’ as a crime against humanity – Case Note ECCC 002/02

By Annie Bunting The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) released its much anticipated decision in the trial of two Khmer Rouge commanders, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, on November 16, 2018 – case 002/02. While the ECCC only released a summary of their judgement– 33 pages – in advance of the full … Read moreDevelopments in ‘forced marriage’ as a crime against humanity – Case Note ECCC 002/02

Newly Released Child Tracing Report

UBC partners join Women’s Advocacy Network (WAN) to release a report, Child Tracing in post-conflict northern Uganda:  A social project to unite children born of war with their paternal clans Vancouver, B.C. – The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Women’s Advocacy Network (WAN) in Uganda, … Read moreNewly Released Child Tracing Report

Right to reparations for survivors of sexual violence

Zawadi Meeting

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Albertine Zawadi Mambo, Coordinator of SOFEPADI, was invited to a conference organized by the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU) of the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Moderated by Prof. Mirja Trilsch, Director of the CIDDHU, the conference focused on the theme of the Right to … Read moreRight to reparations for survivors of sexual violence