In December 2016, the Korean Women's Development Institute (KWDI) organised an international symposium in Seoul entitled "Promoting Women’s Human Rights and Participation in Conflict- Affected Settings."
KWDI President Myung-Sun Lee described the conference as a platform to examine "the development of international norms to cope with sexual violence in wartime and conflict situations, the realization of justice in the judiciary, and ways to prevent and eradicate sexual violence in conflict situations." Conference attendees reaffirmed that the international community must support women and girls who have suffered from sexual violence, and act to realize their human rights. The forum provided an opportunity for delegates to discuss implementation strategies to improve accountability and action; especially in relation to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and other mechanisms around the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Dr. Abigail Ruane, WILPF PeaceWomen Programme Director, served as a conference delegate and moderated a presentation entitled "Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Justice for Survivors" alongside Kozue Akibayashi of Doshisha University and Siobhan Hobbs of UN Women. Find out more on WILPF's participation at the conference in PeaceWomen's December 2016 edition of E-News.