A Panel Discussion and Lunchtime Roundtables
As part of the American Red Cross mandate, the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) team hosts events to educate the American public about IHL and related issues. As part of this year’s event series, the American Red Cross, the AU WCL War Crimes Research Office, the GW Elliott School Global Gender Program and Physicians for Human Rights are organizing an event to explore and discuss the increased use of sexual violence by state and non-state actors.
The purpose of this event is to shed light on pressing issues regarding International Humanitarian Law, complex emergencies, and sexual violence, with a particular focus on the atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Our goal is not only to bring these issues to the forefront of the public debate but also discuss potential solutions to address them.
The panel discussion will be streamed live at: http://tinyurl.com/sexualviolenceandconflictlive to encourage dialogue from all over the country and world. Online participants can send in questions or comments ahead of time and during the event.
10:00 am -12:00 pm: Moderated Panel Discussion
Speakers In Order of Appearance:
Dr. Aisling Swaine - Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, JD - MediCapt Project Manager & Senior Program Officer, Physicians for Human Rights
Ambassador Rapp (invited) – Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State
Sunjeev Bery- Advocacy Director, Middle East North Africa, Amnesty International USA
Susana SáCouto- Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch & Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
There will be facilitated lunchtime discussions to discuss and come up with suggestions to address specific problems within the overall topic. Current topics and confirmed moderators include:
1) What would a campaign that engages grassroots and diaspora to combat human rights abuses look like? (Discussion led by Sunjeev Bery, Amnesty International)
2) What role can mobile technology play in documenting sexual violence in conflict? (Discussion led by Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, Physicians for Human Rights)
3) Do the protections in the Geneva Convention adequately address sexual violence in conflict? (Discussion led by Christie Edwards, American Red Cross)
4) How can the US and the global community give greater protection to refugees fleeing the threat of sexual violence in Iraq and Syria? (Discussion led by Joan Timoney, Women’s Refugee Commission)
5) How can we combat stigma to prosecute and treat GSBV? (Discussion led by Emily Hooker, Vital Voices)
6) How can we use technology to prevent the radicalization of young men as a consequence of military intervention in Syria and Iraq? (Discussion led by Katie Striffolino, Physicians for Human Rights)
7) How can we engage young men in the campaign to end sexual violence? (Discussion led by Omar Robles, Women’s Refugee Commission)