Preventing Sexual Violence by Armed Political and Security Actors


Photo: Anna Marie Obermeier

On December 13 and 14, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research organized a workshop with the aim to better understand existing armed actors’ practice of stopping conflict related sexual violence before it occurs; I.e. to learn more effectively from existing efforts for practices of prevention.

A key feature of the discussions was the fact that research shows that there is great variation in the occurrence of sexual violence. This means that better understanding how and why violence occurs and what form it takes can give us vital clues for effective policy and action. Participants included leading scholars, such as Professor Elisabeth Jean Wood (Yale University), key decision-makers such as the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, and central practitioners, for example, from Geneva Call, Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), South African National Defence Force, and Nordic Center for Gender in Military Operations. The event included a Symposium which was open to the public and which also attracted a large number of students from Uppsala University. The workshop and symposium discussions was moderated by Dr. Angela Muvumba-Sellström and is part of her research project Preventing Sexual Violence supported by the Swedish Research Council and the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice.