Women, Peace and Security and the Responsibility to Protect

17 Jun 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland

The Permanent Missions of Botswana and Canada, and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect are convening an event on “Women, Peace and Security and the Responsibility to Protect” on Monday, 17 June 2019, 10:00 - 15:30 at the Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva (Avenue de l’Ariana, 1202 Geneva).

Both the emergence of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, as well as the international norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), have transformed dialogues on human rights and the maintenance of international peace and security over the past two decades. However, a gender lens has often been applied by highlighting the role of women as victims of armed conflict and mass atrocities, particularly the disproportionate effect of sexual and gender-based violence on women and girls. These can constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity and may even amount to an act of genocide. It is of fundamental importance to break out of the limited focus on women as victims and instead focus on how to support women as powerful and effective agents of change who can contribute to both preventive and responsive strategies for atrocities.

Through panel discussions and engagement with participants, this event will explore how to bring together the two protection agendas and strengthen the integration of gender into R2P policies, strategies and practices. Doing so will contribute to a more holistic understanding of women as agents of mass atrocity prevention, including women’s impact on accountability measures, reconciliation and rebuilding.

Panel Session 1, 10:00 – 12:30

Focusing on conflicts characterized by sexual and gender-based violence, the first panel discussion will highlight the importance of a systematic application of gender-sensitive protection measures to mass atrocity situations, including in strategies of prevention (early warning and risk assessment), accountability (investigation and prosecution) and reconciliation (community engagement).

Panel Session 2, 13:30 – 15:30

The second panel will focus on the role of women as agents of change and how women have contributed to both preventive and response strategies when facing conflict and mass atrocities, in particular those characterized by sexual and gender-based violence.

To RSVP for the conference, please register here. For further information, please contact:

Ms. Iolanda Joltopuf from the Permanent Mission of Canada at

Lunch will be provided. Detailed agenda to follow.