INTERNATIONAL: UN Women Co-hosts First of its Kind Training Symposium on Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
UN Women
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

From 6 to 7 September, UN Women and the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice are bringing together the Chief Prosecutors and key staff of international courts based in The Hague, together with gender justice experts, states parties, academics, donors and women living in armed conflict situations to advance and strengthen international justice including accountability for sexual and gender-based violence.

In this first of its kind symposium to give training on sexual gender based violence, taking place in The Hague, a distinguished panel will provide a review of some of the successes, challenges and lessons learned from tribunals and courts dealing with the prosecution of gender-based crimes.

The aim is to further strengthen prosecutions in this area. This is a unique opportunity to examine the importance of and obstacles faced in preparing cases at the investigation and pre-trial phase. The panels will discuss investigative challenges in gathering evidence, including those where gender-based crimes have occurred.