2012 OECD Yearbook

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Business brief affected by armed conflicts to shape the justice, reconciliation and reconstruction processes following the establishment of ceasefire agreements. Few women are actively included in peace talks as stakeholders, negotiators or advisers, and to date not a single woman has ever been appointed as a chief mediator in a UN sponsored or co-sponsored peace process. In 2006, the Women’s Initiatives created history by being the first NGO to file before the ICC where it argued for further investigations into gender-based crimes in relation to the enlistment of child soldiers and the rights of victims to be heard before the Court. With more than 1,000 members comprised of women’s rights and peace advocates in armed conflicts, a global movement is emerging which calls for access to peace building opportunities, greater accountability for gender-based crimes, the means to rebuild livelihoods and the opportunity to transform both ethnic and gender relations. Brigid Inder Executive Director

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice Noordwal 10, 2513 EA Den Haag, The Netherlands, Europe Phone: +31(070)3029911, Fax: +31(070)3925270 Website: www.iccwomen.org Email: vanina.serra@iccwomen.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/4genderjustice

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The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organisation that advocates for gender justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and works with women affected by armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Uganda, Kenya and Libya. Its advocacy focuses on the prosecution of gender-based crimes in every conflict situation under investigation by the ICC as well as access to assistance and reparations for women victims/survivors. To date, the Court has brought charges for rape, sexual enslavement and other forms of sexual violence against 13 accused in eight out of fourteen cases including recently against a former head of state. ©Jake Lyell

In addition to its work with the ICC, the Women’s Initiatives’ experience in peace processes and negotiations has drawn attention to the limited access available to women most OECD Yearbook 2012 © OECD 2012


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