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.

In many of the countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed, gender-based violence (GBV) and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) are taking place at significant levels with devastating consequences. Unfortunately, peacekeeping missions don’t always have the right personnel with the training and skills to fully support implementation of their mandate to protect civilians, including preventing and responding to CRSV.

In this video, our Senior Peacekeeping Researcher, Lauren Spink, explains the impact of including dedicated gender specialists in peacekeeping missions, including Gender Advisors, Women Protection Advisors, and Force Gender Advisors, and suggests practical steps UN Member States should take to better address sexual violence:

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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