Despite the numerous initiatives launched in recent years to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during armed conflict, such as the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, SGBV remains widespread in times of war. This workshop is designed to strengthen the capacity of experienced humanitarian practitioners to address and respond to SGBV in the context of their protection and assistance work. It first provides as a background an analysis of the forms of SGBV and the relevant international legal frameworks prohibiting such conduct, with a primary focus on international humanitarian law (IHL) and international criminal law (ICL).
On that basis, the following sessions explore the various types of responses in dealing with SGBV cases in practice, taking into account the various roles played by humanitarian actors and other professionals in this regard. Topics to be covered include the documentation of SGBV cases, the response to sexual violence encountered in the context of other humanitarian work, the design of a rights-based protection SGBV strategy, and specific issues such as accountability for acts of SGBV by UN Peacekeepers, relevant use of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) on Grave Violations against Children in Situations of Armed Conflict, and how to address SGBV committed by armed non-state actors.