Speakers will include Madeleine Rees, secretary general of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine), laureate of Nobel Peace Prize 2022 and the Right Livelihood Award 2022, among others.
Co-organized by the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation, the webinar will offer participants and speakers the opportunity to discuss the direct impact of war on women and children. Topics will include the old concept of “comfort women,” where women are forced to entertain soldiers against their will; and incidences where, as a sign of victory, the victors indiscriminately rape women from the defeated communities.
Discussions will also cover using women for reconnaissance activities, and using women and children as human shields, or for leverage for food.
The event will bring together experts from human rights, racial justice, gender justice, health and healing, sociological anthropology/political science backgrounds as well as from faith-based settings.
Case studies, while sharing the grim realities of weaponizing women, will also show examples of effective interventions, as well as ways of building resilience.
Participants can attend in person in Geneva and online. The event is offered as part of the campaign 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Madeleine Rees, secretary general, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine), laureate of Nobel Peace Prize 2022 and the Right Livelihood Award 2022
Thomas Tongun Leone, medical doctor, coordinator of Catholic Health Commission of South Sudan
Carla Khijoyan, programme executive for the Middle East, World Council of Churches
Joy Eva Bohol, regional migration specialist-Europe, United Methodist Committee on Relief
Sikhonzile Ndlovu, advocacy officer for Gender Justice, Lutheran World Federation