McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal

Organized By : Global Justice Center

Despite a greater emphasis on sexual violence and gender-specific crimes in recent international justice efforts, genocide continues to be understood as being committed primarily through mass murder. Discussions around surfacing gender furthermore retain a limited focus on women and girls as victims of sexual violence, rather than considering the wider significance of gender to the destruction of groups.

This conference, among leading scholars and practitioners, draws on these recent efforts to reflect on a gendered understanding of the crime of genocide. It focuses in particular on the inextricable role that gender plays in genocide, and the relevance of this understanding in the fulfillment by States of their obligations of prevention and punishment under the Genocide Convention.

More information and registration here

Church Center of the United Nations, New York

Organized By : International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)

If women’s perspectives are not fully incorporated into truth-telling processes, violence prevention strategies and public policy, women will continue to be marginalized and remain among the most vulnerable in society. Join the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) and the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) as they offer solutions and strategies for best centering grassroots women's narratives so that they become catalysts for atrocity prevention agendas through unique peace-building programs that include art healing techniques, memorialization initiatives and survivor-led human rights documentation processes.

Panelists will discuss their work in community-led transitional justice initiatives in Sri Lanka, Colombia and west Africa to illuminate how peace processes can better address gendered components of conflict and prevent future atrocities. Partners will share survivor-centered techniques, strategies and grassroots methodologies from their work in post-conflict environments with the goal of better incorporating grassroots atrocity prevention methodologies into the praxis of other civil society organizations and international actors. This event will discuss the many effective truth, justice and reconciliation efforts and parallel structures that are possible when grassroots, national and international platforms collaborate.

This event is a parallel event to the 64th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Organized By : Asia Centre

The Asia Centre is holding a conference on the challenges and solutions to increasing hate speech based on fake news within the region. With increasing use of the internet and mobile devices, abusive and threatening remarks both in speech and writing are going viral on social media. Often such content expresses prejudice against individuals or particular groups, on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political ideology, race, religion or sexual orientation which may lead to violent outcomes.

Governments have enacted laws to preserve public order and to protect human dignity. They have also sponsored and assembled inter-faith dialogues and embarked on social cohesion efforts. Other stakeholders such the UN, international organisations, civil society and faith-based groups are also doing their part to combat hate speech.

In the search for solutions to these challenges, there is a need for an evidence-based discussion to critically examine the phenomenon of hate speech and its impact on democracy, the rule of law and human rights. This conference seeks to address the issue of hate speech from an evidence-based and a solution grounded approach while upholding freedom of expression.

Find the concept note here.

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