Organized By : Protection Approaches

Protection Approaches is convening an online consultation aiming to map how European civil society is responding to rising identity-based violence within the region, at its borders and around the world. This online forum will be held from Tuesday 13 August to Thursday 15 August, and will bring together civil society practitioners, researchers, and local and community experts from across the continent to explore a series of key questions, including:

  • What are the obstacles facing, and opportunities for building, a more effective European civil society?
  • What are the lessons to be shared from successful civil society prevention work?
  • How can we break down the conceptual and practical barriers that exist between the fulfilment of prevention responsibilities at home and abroad?
  • What can European civil society do when populations are facing acute risk of identity-based violence?

The consultation will be facilitated on Platform4Dialogue, a discussion platform hosted by GAAMAC partner Peace Direct. During these three days, participants will be expected to log in and join the discussion at least once on each day, by reading the introductory reflection pieces, discussion questions, and comments of other participants, and then contributing by posting comments, responses, ideas, and examples.

The registration deadline to participate in the consultation is Friday, 5 August. Please sign up using this link.

For further information, read the full Call for Participation.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Organized By : International Association of Genocide Scholars

Under the theme of "The Missing Picture": Rethinking Genocide Studies & Prevention, the International Association of Genocide Scholars will hold its 14th conference from 14 to 19 July 2019 on the campus of American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. See here for more details and to submit conference abstracts.

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.

Leeds, United Kingdom

Organized By : European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)

The responsibility to protect (R2P) principle has been criticised for being gender-blind. In the context of such concerns, there has been an effort to render the principle more gender-sensitive. This has entailed paying greater attention to the differentiated impact of atrocities on women and men, and foregrounding the importance of gender and female empowerment in efforts to prevent atrocities.

The aim of the conference hosted by the European Centre for R2P (ECR2P) is to take stock of these efforts and to assess how successful they have been in incorporating gender into the protection agenda. The ECR2P invites both conceptual and empirical contributions from scholars and practitioners working on gender, R2P, peacebuilding and cognate fields. 


Montreal, Canada

Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Join the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University, Amnesty International Francophone Canada, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Canadian International Council and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University for #RightsCity 2019.

#RightsCity is a global initiative that brings together inspiring leaders with the goal to provide insights into pressing human rights issues.

This large-scale event will include discussions on atrocity prevention, and will feature presentations from Mr. Adama Dieng (United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide), Mr. Romeo Dallaire (Canadian retired Lieutenant-General and Senator, humanitarian advocate, founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative and MIGS Distinguished Senior Fellow) and Ms. Jennifer Welsh (Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGilll University, former United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect).

Find out more about the program and registration here.

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