This event is organized in the margins of the annual Open Debate on conflict-related sexual violence and aims at describing these protection concerns that women leaders and activists continue to face.
Women human rights defenders make essential contributions to local, regional and global peace and security initiatives. They are raising their voices, frequently at great personal risk, to stand up against all forms of violence and conflict, injustice and gender inequality, and they are at the forefront of challenging social and cultural norms that limit human rights and societies' abilities to build durable and inclusive peace.
Building on Ms. Bedoya Lima's remarkable 2-decade journey and its unprecedented results, UN Women and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence have co-organized this event to bring together women human rights defenders, particularly journalists, from various conflict and crisis-affected countries, and international legal experts as well Member State representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities to enhance the protection of women human rights defenders globally, as well as the immediate, mid-term and long-term legal and practical implications of the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights ruling in this work.
In recognition of her courage and contribution to this cause, Ms. Jineth Bedoya Lima will be appointed by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on
Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC) as a Global Champion for the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV).