Research Study on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Research Study on Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations

United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1820 first linked sexual violence in conflict to international peace and security in 2008 though the connection of women to peace and security first appeared on the agenda in UNSCR 1325 in 2000. CIHR’s research study on sexual violence in conflict situations seeks to examine the challenges with implementing UNSCR 1820, both by the UNSC and by the NGO community.

The following report has been prepared in order to address the role of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1820 of 19 June 2008 on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SVC). UNSCR 1820 has emphasized the link between sexual violence in conflict and the maintenance of international peace and security — primary objective of the UNSC. Although the linking of women to the international peace and security agenda first appeared in UNSCR 1325 of 31 October 2000, UNSCR 1820 goes further. It is the first UNSCR to recognize sexual violence in conflict as a self-standing international security issue; moreover, it constitutes an attempt to take implementation seriously since it “requests the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Council by 30 June 2009 on the implementation of this resolution in the context of situations which are on the agenda of the Council” (UNSCR 1820 (2008): Operative paragraph 15).

The second study focuses on plausible collective strategies for the more effective implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1820, and of related resolutions dealing with sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. It is based on the deliberations of a strategy session that took place during the week of September 21-25 2009 among members of the Women Peace Builders’ Community of Practice, as well as other NGOs and stakeholders under the auspices of the International Women’s Tribune Center.

Conference Schedule

First Study – Second Study

Participants – full biographical information

  1. Bandana Rana
  2. Dewi Suralaga
  3. Euphemia Akos Dzathor
  4. Gladys G. Brima
  5. Isabelle Geuskens
  6. Jeanne Bitsure
  7. Jeanne Nzuzi Nsamba
  8. Kate McInturff
  9. Lindora Howard-Diawara  
  10. George Andreopoulos
  11. Maura M. Bairley
  12. Mendy Marsh
  13. Elien Migallen
  14. Marilou McPhedran
  15. Dr. M. Victoria Pérez-Ríos
  16. Indai Sajor
  17. Kristine St-Pierre
  18. Kavitha Suthanthiraraj
  19. Karin Wachter