Gender Perspectives on IHL

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Mihiyo and family in Dadaab  © Moulid Hujale/IRIN

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Armed conflict affects men, women, girls and boys in fundamentally different ways, often exacerbating pre-existing gender inequalities in society. In this context, how well does international humanitarian law (IHL) account for these differences in the protection of vulnerable populations in situations of conflict? Critically analyzing IHL from a gender perspective provides greater insight into many of the key humanitarian challenges in armed conflict, ranging from protecting refugees and displaced persons, to preventing sexual and gender-based violence, and limiting the harmful effects of weapons. It also highlights how gendered deficiencies during conflict affect peace, justice and long-term recovery.

In conversations with key experts and practitioners, this podcast will consider how the practical implementation and enforcement of IHL affects men, women, girls and boys differently. The podcast will examine the gendered nature of protections under IHL. It will also assess what progress has been made in addressing the gendered nature of international law - including the recognition of rape and sexual violence as international crimes. Finally, it will consider how to address disparities in the law and in its implementation with regard to gender and humanitarian protection.

This podcast will address the following questions:

  • Why is a gendered perspective on IHL important? How does it influence the protection of civilians and our understanding of vulnerable groups?
  • What are the practical implications of highlighting gendered differences in humanitarian programming?
  • What progress has been made in integrating a gender perspective into international law and humanitarian protection? What shortcomings exist, and what remains to be done?

Expert Commentators:

Cpt. Anna Björsson
Gender Advisor to the Chief of Operations at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters
Twitter: @ABjorsson
Sebastián Molano
Gender and Development Consultant
Twitter: @Defygenderoles
Charlotte Isaksson
SACEUR and Allied Command Operations (NATO) Gender Advisor
Helen Durham
Director for International Law and Policy, ICRC
Twitter: @HADurhamICRC
Fionnuala Ni Aolain
Professor of Law, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University
Twitter: @NiAolainF
Cecilia Tengroth
Senior Legal Adviser, Swedish Red Cross
Rebecca Eapen
Senior Gender Equality Adviser Division of International Protection, UNHCR
Twitter: @Refugees
Arwa Mhanna
Humanitarian Consultant
Twitter: @ArwamHanna



SIMON MUREU's picture

In Africa women and girls of all age are the worst victims during conflicts

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