Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Taking Stock of Research and Policy

Missing Peace Scholars Virtual Workshop

Time: 01 Jul 2021 - 29 Jul 2021
Place: Online event

Attendance is by invitation only
Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Taking Stock of Research and Policy

​The 2021 Missing Peace Scholars Annual Workshop will explore the impactsof COVID-19 on research, how we account for children in our research, and the policy implicationsof this work. 

Children and Armed Conflict
Thursday, July 1. 10:00 AM- 12 PM EST

Children in, and born of, armed conflict is an emerging research and policy agenda which links to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and more specifically to the theme of conflict related sexual violence (CRSV). Scholarly studies of children born of war are on the rise. This literature defines children born of war as children fathered by foreign/enemy soldiers, during and after conflicts, often associated directly with gender-based violence. This session will be led by Inger Skjelsbæk, University of Oslo and PRIO. 

Research Stock-Taking & Emerging Opportunities
Thursday, July 8. 10:00 AM-11:30 AM EST
In this session, scholars will share the progress they have made in their CRSV-related
research this past year. They will also reflect on how COVID-19 has affected their work
both substantively and practically. What did we learn about virtual research, international
collaboration, and the impact of the pandemic on our communities of concern? Where do
we go from here? What research gaps and new research directions can be identified?This
session will be led by Kim Thuy Seelinger and Julia Uyttewaal, Washington University in
St. Louis.

Identifying Policy Priorities & Next Steps
Thursday, July 15. 10:00 AM-11:30 AM EST
This session will take stock of where we stand with regard to international policy priorities. How and to what extent has the international policy agenda evolved these past years? What has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic? Are the current policy initiatives the right ones or should other priorities be set? Where are the gaps, including gaps between research and policy? This session will be led by Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Wilson Center and formerly WIIS, and Kathleen Kuehnast, U.S. Institute of Peace.

Policy Implications for the New Administration
Thursday, July 23 or 29 (TBC). 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM EST
The 2021 Workshop concludes with a brown-bag briefing on research and policy related to
sexual and gender-based violence for (TBD) either Congressional staffers, Department of
Defense Gender Advisors, or USAID and Department of State gender experts. This will be
an opportunity for scholars to address policy implications of the latest scholarship in the
field.

Contact johelv@prio.org if you're a scholar with an interest in these topics that would like to attend the workshop. 

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