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  • UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Resolution 2467, 23 April 2019

    All Survivors Project (ASP) welcomes the passage of the ninth Women, Peace and Security resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2467 which introduces new language on a survivor centred approach, reinforces the call for accountability by  strengthening efforts for monitoring and documentation, including by gathering sex-disaggregated data, calls for services to be available to all survivors including men and boys (OP28) and recognises the specific targeting of men and boys in conflict and post conflict settings urging appropriate responses for male survivors including through monitoring (OP32). 

    While welcoming this long overdue recognition of male vulnerability, ASP deeply regrets the omission of an explicit reference to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. ASP is an independent, impartial organisation that conducts research and advocacy and facilitates inter-disciplinary dialogue and learning to improve global responses for every victim/survivor or sexual violence including men and boys in situations of armed conflict and forced displacement. ASP advocates to ensure that increased attention on the issue of male survivors does not detract from, jeopardise the safety of, or otherwise have negative implications for responses for women and girls who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence in situations of conflict. 

     ASP welcomes the increased attention on the issue of sexual violence against men and boys at the Security Council Open Debate—of the 89 briefers at the Open Debate, 36 acknowledged the issue of sexual violence against men and boys marking a 10 % spike from 2017. The 2019 Conflict Related Sexual Violence Report of the Secretary General also showed that monitoring and documentation of CRSV against men and boys by the UN has also shown an increase, from five countries in the 2017 Annual Report to eleven in 2019.

    With only 8 briefers referencing the vulnerability of members of the LGBTI community to sexual violence on account of their sexual orientation and gender identity, the issue was barely recognised despite the knowledge that targeting on the basis of SOGIESC often manifests itself as sexual violence in situations of armed conflict.

    This Open Debate and Security Council Resolution constitutes an important step towards greater recognition of the issue of male sexual victimisation. However, greater and more sustained efforts are needed to ensure that responses to conflict-related sexual violence are inclusive, competent and specific and respond to the needs of all survivors of sexual violence.

     Full analysis here.

  • CERAH Short course sexual violence in humanitarian contexts, 19 March 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

    CERAH’s intensive one-week course gives emergency program managers the critical analysis and practical tools they need to design, implement and evaluate multidisciplinary programs to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Charu Lata Hogg, ASP Executive Director, covered the topic on conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys.

  • UNHCR Side-event of the 74th Standing Committee “Sexual violence against men and boys in humanitarian crises”, 6 March 2019, Palais des Nations Room XII, Geneva, Switzerland

    Panellists included Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations at Geneva; Ms. Charu Late Hogg, Executive Director, All Survivors Project; Mr. Arne Næss-Holm, Director of International Programmes, Norwegian Church Aid; and Mr. Anthony Keedi, Masculinities Technical Advisor, ABAAD, Lebanon. Discussions revolved around the prevalence of sexual violence against men and boys, how best to address their specific needs, and highlight measures to prevent and mitigate the risks of sexual violence. Drawing on their experience, the panellists provided insights into the situation of male survivors and describe how to help galvanize support for a better, more holistic response.
  • International Workshop on improving responses for male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, 5 March 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

    In this one-day workshop, All Survivors Project (ASP) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) presented the preliminary results of a realist literature review to develop evidence for direct service interventions for men, boys and LGBT+ survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). The workshop brought together 15 international humanitarian, human rights, policy experts, and donors, as well as gender, health, protection and child protection experts working in Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR) and Turkey.

  • Launch event “Individuals in Conflict: Agency, Rights, and The Changing Character Of War,” by St Antony’s International Review (STAIR), 28 February 2019, Oxford, United Kingdom

    The speakers of the launch event included Charu Lata Hogg (Executive Director of All Survivors Project), Jelke Boesten (Gender and Development Department of International Development, King’s College London) and Barbara Jackson (Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross in the UK and Ireland). The panel discussion marked the launch of the new STAIR edition (Vol. 14 No. 2) which features an article by Charu Lata Hogg. It also includes articles and interviews from scholars and practitioners working on topics such as feminist foreign policy, refugee studies, and male-targeted sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Workshop on Women, Peace and Security: Strengthening the agenda against Conflict-related sexual violence, 21-22 February 2019, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany

    All Survivors Project (ASP) participated in this event which continued a series of annual workshops for Security Council members organized by the Federal Foreign Office. It provided a platform to address challenges and opportunities in implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and to discuss recent developments and share lessons learned and best practices. The workshop brought together members of the Security Council, members of the Groups of Friends on Women, Peace and Security, as well as NGOs, academics, field practitioners and policy experts from the UN system and from regional organizations.

  • ASP Training “Conducting ethical and safe research on sexual violence against men and boys in Afghanistan”, 5-7 February 2019, Kabul, Afghanistan

    All Survivors Project (ASP) conducted a training focusing on ethical and safety considerations for various stages of the research process on sexual violence against men and boys in Afghanistan. It was designed to complement and add to ASP ethical guidelines and other existing international professional standards and guidelines governing research and documentation more broadly on sexual violence while adapting many of the recommendations for use with men and boys in Afghanistan. The training also aimed at pushing the debate beyond the mere need to comply with established principles, and to stimulate critical reflection on all aspects of research on CRSV.

  • Seminar on Men and Gender-based Violence (GBV), 1 February 2019, Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway

    On February 1st 2019, Norwegian Church Aid in partnership with Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nobel Peace Center organized a half day seminar focused on men and GBV to raise awareness of the need to provide tailored support for male survivors and engage with men in the effort to prevent GBV. Colleen Dockerty, ASP Lead Researcher on Syria and Turkey, presented findings from ASP’s report ‘Destroyed from within’.

    Watch panel discussion here.

  • Podcast “Overlooked, underserved, ignored: Male survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina” commemorates ASP’s Second Anniversary, 16 December 2018

    On 16 December 2018, ASP commemorated its second anniversary by releasing the podcast ‘Overlooked, underserved, ignored: Male survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ which examines issues identified in ASP’s first research report on sexual violence against men and boys in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) published in May 2017.

    Dr. Janine Clark is a Professor of Gender, Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law at the University of Birmingham. She is primarily interested in rape and sexual violence in conflict, transitional justice, international criminal courts, genocide and ethnic conflict. She is currently working on a five-year project entitled A Comparative Study of Resilience in Survivors of War Rape and Sexual Violence: New Directions for Transitional Justice and uses BiH as one of her case studies. In interview with ASP, Prof. Clark discusses sexual violence against males during the 1992-1995 armed conflict in BiH.

    More info
  • Report and outcome statement from the International workshop on “building knowledge to improve existing service responses for all survivors”, 10 December 2018

    On Human Rights Day, All Survivors Project (ASP) is proud to present a report and outcome statement from a two-day workshop co-organised by ASP and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) which took place in London on 11-12 October 2018 to mark the beginning of a consultative process to build knowledge in responding to conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys. It marked the first ever facilitated dialogue between practitioners in the three focus countries, augmented by the experience and expertise from different institutions, including representatives of UN gender, child protection and refugee agencies, INGOs and academia.

    The joint workshop represented a first step in the development of a research framework which will result in improving medical and mental health responses for all survivors of sexual violence in situations of conflict and displacement. It brought together 22 international humanitarian, human rights and criminal justice practitioners, policy experts, academics and donors, as well as gender, health, protection and child protection experts working in Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR) and Turkey.

    The workshop is part of ASP’s broader efforts to support multi-disciplinary and cross-country dialogue and research on sexual violence against men and boys to inform policy and technical efforts.

    See Outcome Statement

    See Workshop Report

  • PSVI Film Festival – Fighting Stigma Through Film at the British Film Institute, 23-24 November 2018, London, United Kingdom

    On November 23-24, 2018, the UK Foreign Office Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) organised a two day festival in London aimed to harness the power of film and cinema to help fight the discrimination so often faced by survivors of sexual violence in conflict. Thirty eight films and documentaries from around the world were screened- sharing stories of survivors and the inspiring people working alongside them.

    Two of ASP’s documentaries were screened: “Hidden crisis in CAR”, and “No one cares about them”. In addition, ASP ran a stall to raise awareness of conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys.

    The event was supported by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy. The event provided the ASP team an opportunity to make some useful contacts in the world of film, media, governments, donors and the UN.

  • Workshop “All Survivors Project’s research on Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey: Findings and way forward in improving the response”, 21 November 2018, Gaziantep, Turkey

    ASP’s research on Syria and Turkey conducted between September 2017 and July 2018 shows that sexual violence against men and boys in Syria seems more prevalent than has previously been documented.  This workshop aimed to share ASP’s research findings and open up an exchange of views, concerns and good practices as well as to facilitate a reflective and critical look into existing responses to help build effective and workable solutions from a survivor/victim-centred perspective.

  • “Prevention, Accountability and Gender – International Responses and Fighting Impunity by Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Violence” at UNHQ, 23 October 2018, New York, United States

    The SGBV Side event at the United Nations Headquarters was co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Finland and Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein.

    Panellists included Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the Mechanism, International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), Ms. Nina Suomalainen, Executive Director, Justice Rapid Response (JRR), and Ms. Charu Lata Hogg, Executive Director, All Survivors Project.

  • “The Nobel committee shines a spotlight on rape in conflict,” the Economist, 11 October 2018

    “The Invisibles: Some types of wartime sexual violence are often still overlooked. Me and boys can also be victims. Charu Lata Hogg, the founder of the All Survivors Project, a charity, says that this issue is “a blind spot in law, policy and humanitarian response.”

    Read more

  • “Psychological needs of male survivors in the context of the crisis in Syria and Turkey” podcast commemorates World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2018

    All Survivors Project commemorates World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2018, by releasing a podcast on the “Psychological needs of male survivors in the context of the crisis in Syria and Turkey and possible mental health and psychosocial responses” , following ASP’s research on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey published in early September.

    Professor Renos Papadopoulos is the Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, a member of the Human Rights Centre, at the University of Essex, Professor at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the same university, and an international expert working with refugees and other survivors of political violence. In interview with ASP, Prof. Papadopoulos discusses the psychological impacts of sexual violence on male survivors, the role of family members during recovery, and adequate and effective responses for all survivors.

    Listen to the podcast here.

  • “A hidden violation—sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey”, OGR ,19 September 2018

    Open Global Rights coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

    Article also available in Arabic.

    More info
  • “Syrian men are just as likely to be victims of abuse, but have nowhere to turn for help”, Arab News, 11 September 2018

    Arab News coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

    More info
  • “Hidden Victims: Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Conflict” at Palais des Nations, 10 September 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

    On the opening day of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the UN, All Survivors Project, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN, and the Delegation of the European Union to the UN co-hosted a panel discussion on the issue of sexual violence against men and boys in the context of armed conflict within Syria, risks and vulnerabilities to sexual violence of men and boys fleeing from Syria.

  • Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria, BBC Arabic, 7 September 2018

    BBC Arabic Coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

    Listen here.

  • Documentary “No one cares about them” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey, 6 September 2018

    All Survivors Project releases a nine-minute documentary on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

    See documentary in English and Arabic.