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2021-2026 Strategic Framework: Gender Shapes Our Response to Violence

Our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, launched in November of 2021, outlines three central goals for the organization. One of these centers on our work to ensure that the global fight against sexual and gender-based violence targets the root causes of violence, such as structural gender inequality.

To learn more about our vision for a gender-equal future that protects abortion and other rights, check out our Strategic Plan.

Frontiers of Prevention

This panel takes post-atrocity resilience not as an individual feature but as the consequence of various social, economic, and political structures on individuals. It aims to garner panelists' views on identifying the mechanisms which either support or harm the resilience of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.


2022 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

The queer experience of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes is not new. From the Holocaust to the anti-gay purges in Chechnya, LGBTQI communities have been deliberately targeted by widespread, systematic campaigns that can be described as atrocity crimes. The (re)imposition or intensification of heteronormative, patriarchal power structures through legislation and culture come before regimes of widespread human rights violations. At the same time, prevailing heteronormative approaches to reducing conflict and instability, and in preventing atrocity crimes – even when LGBTQI communities are themselves at risk – continues to leave LBGTQI people excluded from human rights and violence prevention architecture. This roundtable will discuss the challenges facing the efforts to prevent mass atrocities while including communities often at the greatest risk, including whether the tools, approaches, and policies are fit for purpose. Speakers will address the provisional findings of Protection Approaches’ new paper ‘Queering Atrocity Prevention’ and ask questions of what it means to address the existing blind spots in the field and identify ways to recognize the importance of centering the individual in atrocity prevention, mitigation, and recovery.


  • Kate Ferguson, Protection Approaches (Panelist)
  • Jean Freedburg, Human Rights Campaign (Panelist)
  • Detmer Kremer, Protection Approaches (Panelist)
  • Neela Ghoshal, OutRight Action International (Panelist)
  • Savita Pawnday, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (Panelist)
  • Christine Ryan, Global Justice Center (Panelist)

Enhancing Cooperation & Representation Among ICL Actors Through Intersectional Approaches

The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at Ulster University in collaboration with the Unit for Global Justice at Goldsmiths University and the Emergent Justice Collective (EJC)

Operationalising intersectionality requires considering the constraints and opportunities of the systems and institutions involved.

It is crucial to address power relations and cooperation between the different actors to improve access to justice for collectivities.


  • Mariana Ardila Trujillo
  • Carmen Cheung
  • Angela Mudukuti
  • Michelle Jarvis
  • Mryna McCallum


  • Amanda Ghahremani

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Harvard Symposium: Comparative Legal Perspectives on Statutory Abortion Rights

Panel 2: Judicial and Constitutional Approaches

  • Professor Joanna Erdman (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University)

  • Melissa Ayala García (GIRE)

  • Dr. Christine Ryan (Global Justice Center)

  • Professor Mary Ziegler (Harvard Law School)

  • Moderator: Professor Rachel Rebouché (Temple University Beasley School of Law)