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Breaking Barriers: What It Will Take to Achieve Security, Justice and Peace
Global Action to Prevent War
22 September 2012
In its fifth International Working Conference, the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice hosted a two-day event on 26 September entitled “Breaking Barriers: What will it take to achieve Security, Justice and Peace.”  (…)
The conference provided an opportunity for experts and “Women Peacemakers” to engage in discussions on how to ensure that institutions work for women, how to improve protection strategies targeting women, how to better define transitional justice means for women’s rights, and to identify factors for addressing extremism and radicalization.
GAPW also participated in the conference by facilitating a workshop on integrating women’s perspectives into the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) framework. The workshop highlighted the need for women’s active participation in the design and implementation of prevention and protection strategies. The workshop also encouraged more discussions and analysis to ensure that R2P is invoked in situations when instances of conflict-related sexual violence amount to mass atrocity crimes.
Participants in the workshop engaged in a well-rounded discussion on implementation of the norm, in particular on detecting and addressing the root causes of conflict, including economic and social factors, at an early stage in order to prevent situations of tension and violence from escalating. In addition, the group also addressed the need to ensure that international assistance reaches places of need. (…)
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