Program

1st DAY

Time Program
09:30-10:30 Registration
10:30-12:00
Opening Session
Last year in 2018, with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world acknowledged persisting discrimination, inequality, marginalization and injustice in too many parts of the world, even with impunity in many cases. In particular, sexual violence in conflict was recognized again as a weapon of war, a tool of torture and a tactic of repression. This insidious form of violence has affected vulnerable groups, especially women and girls the most, and has devastated individuals, families and communities, with lingering ramification across generations through trauma, stigma and unwanted pregnancy. The opening session is an overview of the conference, in line with the “Action with Women and Peace Initiative” launched by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea on June 19, 2018, which will provide an opportunity to reflect upon lessons from past cases in history and apply them to contemporary conflict and post-conflict situations.
Welcoming Remarks Kang Kyung-wha Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Congratulatory Remarks Retno L.P. Marsudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
Bineta Diop Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union Commission
Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Sweden *Video
Lord Ahmad Wimbledon Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland *Video
Keynote Speech Pramila Patten Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Denis Mukwege Medical Director, Panzi Hospital; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
12:00-13:30 Photo Session & Lunch Break
13:30-15:30
Session 1: Current Status and Global Norms on Sexual Violence in Conflict
The objective of this session is to review how global norms on women, peace and security have evolved thus far, and project their way forward in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This session will pay special attention to key international instruments and resolutions including the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 2000 UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and subsequent follow-up resolutions. The speakers will discuss the current UN Women and UNFPA actions to combat sexual violence in conflict. The session will include sexual violence in the African context and efforts of the African Union to promote women’s rights in conflict situations and women’s participation in peace processes. The session will present the nexus among gender, peace and development within the context of SDGs by shedding light on the changing theories and approaches in respective areas and seek how they could be applied to fragile and conflict-affected countries.
Moderator Paik Ji-ah Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva
Speakers How Do We End the Scourge of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Jessica Neuwirth Director of the Human Rights Program, Roosevelt House, Hunter College
Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV) Prevention and Response through Coordinated, Coherent, Comprehensive and Catalytic UN Action
Asa Regner Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations; Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
UNFPA Global Actions to Prevent and Address Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Conflict
Dereje Wordofa Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations; Deputy Executive Director on Programme, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Sexual Violence in Africa
Bineta Diop Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union Commission
Women-Peace-Development Nexus in the Context of Sustainable Development in Conflict-Affected Countries
Shin Heisoo Member, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
15:30-16:20 Film Screening & Coffee Break
16:20-18:00
Session 2: Ensuring a Survivor-centered Approach
In order to create a peaceful world, we must listen to survivors who experienced conflict and those who are working towards peace. The session will provide a vivid portrayal of the situation of women in conflict-affected countries and listen to their recommendations for ensuring a survivor-centered approach to justice at the international and national levels. Survivor testimonies of current cases; including a video testimony of Kim Bok-dong; will bring attention to various forms of wartime sexual violence, initiate a call for action to include women as agents of change in the peacebuilding process, and ensure a gender-based approach for post-conflict reconstruction. The session will also introduce the international reparation initiative to provide justice and support for survivors and communities affected by sexual violence in conflict.
Moderator Zeid Raad Al-Hussein Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Perry World House Professor of the Practice of Law and Human Rights, University of Pennsylvania
Speakers Testimonies of the Survivors and Activists from around the World A Video Testimony of Kim Bok-dong
Mer Ayang National Coordinator, SEMA, The Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence (Republic of South Sudan)
Angela Escobar National Coordinator, SEMA, The Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence (Republic of Colombia)
Dalal Ali Kheiro Activist, Yazda; National Coordinator, SEMA, The Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence (Republic of Iraq)
A Global Reparations System for Survivors: International Reparation Initiative
Denis Mukwege Medical Director, Panzi Hospital; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

2nd DAY

Time Program
08:30-09:30 Registration
09:30-10:30
Session 3: Voices of the Youth
The youth are our future. In this session, we will bring the young generation to the table and listen to their creative and innovative solutions to combat sexual violence in conflict and promote women’s participation in peacebuilding in all aspects of conflict and post-conflict peace processes. The Youth Global Essay Competition, entitled, “Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict” is an essay competition for the youth worldwide and is an official side event of the Conference. The top three contestants from the Competition will be invited as speakers to the Conference to present their research findings and innovative ideas to help combat sexual violence in conflict and to promote women’s participation in the peacebuilding process. The presentation will be the final round of the competition, and the awardees will be decided by a panel of judges. The awards will be presented in the closing session of the Conference.
Moderator Chinsung Chung Member, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Judges Cho Youngsook Director, International Solidarity Center, Korean Women’s Associations United
Esther Dingemans Director, Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation
Lee Kyung-eun Director, Amnesty International Korea
Presentations by the finalists of the 2019 Youth Global Essay Competition, “Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict”
Speakers Integrating Community-Based Justice Mechanisms in the Fight Against Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: A Case Study of the Traditional Gacaca Justice System in Rwanda
Josiah Wamwere-Njoroge and Esther Karanja (Kenya)
Protecting and Empowering Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Rohingya Conflict
Lee Yujin and Kim Sooyeon (Republic of Korea)
Reconstructing Marawi: Gender-Based Approach to Addressing Sexual Violence in Post-Conflict Marawi, Philippines
Victorena II Diesta and Charmaine Distor (The Philippines)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30
Session 4: Humanity and Solidarity in Action
This session will introduce efforts of various actors to build sustainable and inclusive peace and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in conflict-affected countries. The session will begin with the judicial efforts of the International Criminal Court for delivering survivor-centered justice. The representatives of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will then share their experiences in implementing global norms on gender, peace and development into practice and dealing with various aspects of conflict-related sexual violence. Special attention will be given to coordinated partnerships among various stakeholders to uphold international standards and to take necessary measures to ensure the conditions that will pave the way for enduring peace, such as a multi-sectoral approach for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, including healthcare and psychosocial support, and measures to empower the survivors to overcome sexual violence in conflict.
Moderator Kamala Chandrakirana Co-founder, Musawah
Speakers Judicial Efforts for Delivering Survivor-Centered Justice
Gloria Atiba-Davies Head, Gender and Children Unit, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
UNFPA responses to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict
Asa Torkelsson Representative, UNFPA Bangladesh
Addressing Gender Based Violence in Emergencies
Bo Viktor Nylund Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office
Psychosocial Support Project for Rohingya Women: Resilience Building
Byoung Joo Kim Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors, ADI(Asian Dignity Initiative)
12:30-13:00
Closing Session
The Award Ceremony will be conducted for the winners of the Youth Global Essay Competition. Then as a wrap-up of the two-day Conference on action with women and peace, the rapporteur will present key findings, present and future challenges and innovative measures to empower and protect women from sexual violence in conflict and promote women’s meaningful participation in the peacebuilding process. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea will give the closing remarks, underscoring forwardlooking points for next year’s 2nd conference on Action with Women and Peace.
Presentation of Awards Kang Kyung-wha Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Summary Report Kim Eun Mee Dean of the Graduate School, Ewha Womans University
Closing Remarks Kang Kyung-wha Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea