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Past panels

Human Rights and civilian access to fire arms: Struggling against insecurity and gender-based violence – 23 June 2016

This side event presented the main findings of the OHCHR report aiming to identifying the impact of the use, acquisition and possession of firearms by civilians on hte enjoyment of human rights. The impacts of firearms from a gender-perspective were also highlighted in this event.

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Women and Explosive Weapons: The case studies of Syria and Nigeria – 17 March 2015

Explosive weapons are used in most armed conflicts. Their use in populated areas results in civilian deaths and injuries, destroys infrastructures and livelihoods, and wreaks havoc on the lives of women, men and children alike. However, the specific impacts that the use of explosive weapons has on women have so far been largely absent from this research.

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Activism in Difficult Times: Civil Society Groups in Syria – 13 March 2015

Four years into the deadly Syrian conflict, civil society in Syria continues to exist and remain active in the midst of severe oppression and increased violence. Despite being actively targeted by the regime government, militias and extremist groups, civil society groups continue to undertake crucial work countering military, political, and economic challenges in addition to offering much needed services to civilians.

What are the needs and the challenges facing Syrian civil society, particularly those of women’s grassroots organisations? How can the international community empower civil society in Syria?

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Military Expenditures vs Human Rights: You Get What You Pay For – 16 September 2014

The amount of money spent by many states on militarism contrasts with the very limited investments in the protection and promotion of human rights, including gender equality. Military spending reinforces militarised cultures and notions of security, and increases the pressure of armed conflict. Excessive military expenditure is an investment not only in the tools of war but also in the creation of a masculine cultural identity inherently linked to the use of violence as a means of conflict resolution.

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Guns and Gender Based Violence – 12 June 2014

Civilian possession and use of firearms is not only demonstrated to directly cause gender based violence, but it also indirectly reinforces gender inequality. Firearms, marginally more often possessed by men, exacerbate patriarchal conceptions of masculinity that represent a threat to many women and hinder their ability to challenge gender inequality. This panel discussed the impact of the use of firearms by civilians from a gender perspective, specifically focusing on gender-based violence.

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Preventing sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – 26 March 2014

The spreading of sexual violence against women in the DRC is now at an intolerable stage and impunity remains widespread. In order to address this crime, we need to go beyond a conflict–related perspective and consider other significant factors behind it, such as gender inequality, poverty, the proliferation of arms and the impact of the extractive industry. A comprehensive preventive approach should also include many other policies such as HIV prevention.

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A Different Vision on Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – 9 July 2013

In a context of armed conflict, widespread sexual violence and gender inequality, it is essential to fully include the women of the DRC and hear their answers on how the international community should contribute to address the situation. The panel will provide this insight to the human rights of women in the DRC by women from the DRC, including young women, pygmy indigenous women and human rights defenders from grassroots organisations.

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Forgotten and Ignored Conflicts: Are some Conflicts more Important than Others? – 3 June 2013

What is the HRC’s responsibility towards human rights violations during “low priority” conflicts?

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Women’s Rights in Pakistan: Status, Challenges and Possible Solutions – UPR 14th Session 2012. 

The event shed light on the strengths and weaknesses of the review of Pakistan’s report by the UN UPR mechanism and provided guidance on how to implement the recommendations issued by this mechanism. Amongst many other topics, it raised awareness on the consequences for women of the latent conflict and the proliferation of small arms and the violence imposed on women in the form of honour killings or acid burns.

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