This piece is one in a series that CIVIC is publishing in the weeks following International Women’s Day with a focus on gendered experience in conflict. Follow along here, on Facebook, and in our Twitter feed @CivCenter with #GenderInConflict as we reflect on how gender differences should factor into the protection of civilians. This series runs concurrently with #POC20 as we mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up the protection of civilians on its agenda during this important anniversary year.


On April 3 and 4, 2019, experts from around the world gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine, for the IV International CIMIC Conference, “Comprehensive Approach to Integration of Gender Perspectives into the Security and Defense Sector of Ukraine: Bridging the Gap between Women, Peace & Security, and Protection of Civilians,” organized by CIVIC and CIMIC (Civil-Military Cooperation Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine), with support from the European Union.

As civilian women, men, boys, and girls experience conflict differently, protection strategies and must take these differences into account to be effective. Over the course of two days, attendees identified challenges, shared best practices, and developed practical steps on efforts to integrate gender perspectives and enhance the ability to provide effective protection of civilians throughout the security and defense sector of Ukraine.

Recordings from the conference are available in both English and Ukrainian, including remarks from CIVIC’s Europe Director, Beatrice Godefroy, and CIVIC’s Gender Advisor, Tazreen Hussain:


Remarks from CIVIC’s Europe Director, Beatrice Godefroy:

Remarks from CIVIC’s Gender Advisor, Tazreen Hussain:


Nearly twenty years ago, the UN Security Council formally recognized the different experiences of civilian men, women, boys, and girls in conflict in adopting Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (UNSCR 1325), which acknowledges that women and girls often experience disproportionate impacts of conflict, but also play a pivotal role in the resolution of conflict and in peacebuilding efforts.

Inspired by UNSCR 1325, we are raising $13,250 by May 15, 2019, to continue our work developing and implementing effective solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm.

Please donate today.

Through our website, whether $13 or $130, you’ll be joining us in recognizing, protecting, and supporting women and girls caught in conflict worldwide.

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