Preventing Atrocities with a WPS Perspective: A Myanmar Case Study

On 11 November the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Global Justice Center hosted a webinar where international experts, advocates and academics discussed how gender permeates every stage of mass atrocity crimes — through the lens of atrocity crimes in Myanmar — and the role gender can play in fulfilling the duty to prevent them.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), as well as the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on R2P analyzed where issues related to gender and R2P overlap, from identifying risk factors for atrocity crimes to the prevention and response to such crimes.

As highlighted in the report, gender permeates genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in many ways. The case of Myanmar highlights the value of closely examining the gendered dimensions of a particular situation. As this year’s R2P report reflects, the international community must do more to ensure a holistic, consistent, and gender-inclusive approach to atrocity prevention and response. Please see the webinar recording here.

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