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18. From Protocol to Power Har passerat

Torsdag 17 november 2022 13:00 - 14:00 Mältaren

Moderator: Isabella Olsson
Paneldeltagare: Ali Bitenga, Dr. Josephine Sundqvist, Gloria Mafole, Hon. Sophia Pal Gai, Ilwad Elmi Mohamed

Sexual Violence in Conflict (SViC) has received increased focus within the political discourse and international aid programming over the past years. In spite of this, the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war remains an acute phenomenon exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Survivors in the DR Congo, South Sudan, and other countries describe devastating consequences on individuals and society at-large. What does a survivor-centered approach mean in the response to conflict-related sexual violence, and how can we ensure its implementation?

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, often referred to as the Maputo Protocol, stands out as a principal guiding instrument for protection of the rights of women and girls. Survivors of sexual violence are safeguarded in Articles 4 (Rights to Life, Integrity, and Security) and 19 (Protection of Women in Armed Conflicts). While 42 out of 55 African Union Member States have ratified the Protocol,  implementation and realisation remain weak.

As we enter a third decade with the Protocol, we must consider how protocols and resolutions similar to Maputo can be used more effectively as tools for transformative change. How can actors on different levels collaborate more coherently to apply these legal frameworks? How can we move from Protocol to Power and safeguard the right to a safe and dignified life for women and girls around the world? 


LM International / Läkarmissionen


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Isabella Olsson Moderator

Head of Unit for Global Advocacy, Läkarmissionen/LM International

Ali Bitenga Paneldeltagare

Researcher, Panzi Hospital, the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Dr. Josephine Sundqvist Paneldeltagare


Secretary General, Läkarmissionen/LM International

Gloria Mafole Paneldeltagare

Human-Rights lawyer and Country Director for Tanzania, Läkarmissionen/LM International

Hon. Sophia Pal Gai Paneldeltagare

Member of Parliment in the National Parliament and Member of Pan-African Parliament, South Sudan

Ilwad Elmi Mohamed Paneldeltagare

Senior Policy Officer on Women’s Rights, Women Gender and Youth Directorate, African Union Commission