When: Monday 6 November 2017 (16:00 to 18:00) Where: Foreign and commonwealth office, London
The UN was set up to protect human rights and prevent conflict. Yet too often the UN is accused of being part of the problem, not the solution.
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the University of Reading is hosting two events to showcase work to find solutions to two big issues facing the UN – of which this is one.
Since 2001 the UN has sought to address the problem of protecting local people from sexual abuse perpetrated by peacekeepers. As awareness of the problem has grown so have the calls for solutions. But this is a complex problem that requires many solutions designed by a range of stakeholders with expertise on this topic. The project that we are undertaking focuses on one aspect of the problem: safeguarding children in the context of peacekeeping operations.
This event will showcase research on how to prevent and remedy sexual abuse perpetrated by UN peacekeepers. The research project, undertaken by Rosa Freedman (University of Reading) and Keeping Children Safe has been funded by the British Academy and involves field research in Liberia and Ghana.
The event will include a photographic exhibition documenting the field research, as well as a panel event at which speakers will discuss the project, findings, and proposals for implementing and affecting change.
Please note: you must be registered in advance to attend this event. Contact Rosa Freedman for details.
Ms Jane Connors, the inaugural Victims Rights Advocate of the United Nations and UN Assistant Secretary-General
Ms Sarah Blakemore, Director of Keeping Children Safe
Professor Christine Chinkin, Director of the Women, peace and Security Centre, LSE
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN
Professor Rosa Freedman, Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading