Survivor-Centred Documentation of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: The MURAD Code Project
The Murad Code Project, named after Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad, aims to support the survivor-centered gathering of systematic and conflict-related sexual violence by human rights and criminal documenters, investigators, journalists, and others. Failing to adhere to minimum standards when documenting such sexual violence is unethical and unprofessional, can expose survivors or victims to security, health, and other risks, and can result in ineffective outcomes for everyone involved.
Following the release of the Murad Code at the UN Security Council open debate on conflict-related sexual violence on April 13th, join an expert panel discussion hosted by the Institute for International Criminal Investigations and Nadia's Initiative on what "survivor-centered" information-gathering, documentation, investigation, and reporting means from the perspectives of survivors. The panel will discuss the role of survivors in the development of the Project, including the voluntary global code of conduct for documenting systematic and conflict-related sexual violence ("Murad Code"). The webinar will also invite participants to share ideas for the effective implementation of the Murad Code in the lead up to the launch of the Murad Code Project later this year, where governments, national authorities, international organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders will jointly commit to pursue the goal of survivor-centered documentation.
The Murad Code Project is spearheaded by the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IIC) in partnership with Nadia's Initiative and the UK Government's Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).
The speakers and panelists will include:
● Nadia Murad (President, Nadia's Initiative, and Nobel Peace Laureate)
● Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (UK Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict) (TBC)
● Nadine Tunasi (Coordinator, Survivors Speak OUT Network at Freedom from Torture, and PSVI Survivor Champion)
● Erin Gallagher (documenter & Murad Code Project consultant)
● Philip Trewhitt OBE (Executive Director, IICI)
● Dr Ingrid Elliott MBE (lead Project consultant, IICI)