Gender and Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Program 2, Gender and Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, is led by Program Convener, Dr Sara Davies, Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology.
The Prevention program focuses on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) under the title “Early Warning Systems for SGBV and the responsibility to prevent”. This research project examines the structural preconditions that reduce the risk of sexual and gender-based violence, paying particular attention to the utility of gender-specific early warning indicators for the prevention of mass atrocities. In 2009 (A/63/677) and 2010 (A/64/684), the Secretary General’s Reports on Responsibility to Protect argued that there was a lack of systematic understanding as to how local, national and regional civil society organisations focused on the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda assisted with the prevention of conflict escalation, specifically sexual and gender based violence. It was also noted that there is a significant lack of gender reference to early warning prevention programs.
This research project seeks to explore the Asia Pacific as a regional example of where strengths and weaknesses lie in terms of structural prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. It also aims to identify opportunities for strengthening regional and national early warning systems to prevent such atrocities from occurring.