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Special Guests

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura 
Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

  • Read the Special Representative's prepared remarks here

Nobel Laureate Jody Williams - Violence Against Women: The Continuum
Chair, Nobel Women's Initiative & Co-chair, International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict

Dr. Octaviano Canuto dos Santos Filho
Vice President and Head of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, The World Bank

Ms. Patricia Sellers J.D. - Lubanga: Shifting Paradigms of Humanitarian Law
Special Advisor on International Criminal Law Prosecution Strategies
International Criminal Court, The Netherlands

Ambassador Donald Steinberg
Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Panels

Panel One: International Responses to Sexual Violence
This panel critically discussed the existing global frameworks for addressing sexual violence in conflict and post conflict.

Panel Two: National Responses to Sexual Violence
This panel addressed the existing national frameworks for addressing sexual violence in conflict and post conflict.

Panel Three: Perpetrating Sexual Violence
This panel examined different explanations of the perpetration of sexual violence in armed conflict. Political, strategic, socio-psychological and historical perspectives were addressed.

Panel Four: Surviving Sexual Violence
This panel focused on victim-survivors of sexual violence in armed conflict, and discussed the ambiguity of victimhood.

Panel Five: Security from Sexual Violence
This panel addressed the idea of a global responsibility to protect individuals from conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence in particular, and critically discussed existing practices.

Panel Six: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities
This panel explored questions surrounding data-collection and how to generate good qualitative and quantitative data on sexual violence in armed conflict.

Panel Seven: Concluding Roundtable Discussion: The Way Forward