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  • 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.”

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  • “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.

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  • “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.

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  • “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.

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  • 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.

  • Q & A Infographic on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria, 6 September 2018

    All Survivors Project released Q & A on sexual violence against men and boys in Syria following the publication of its report  “Destroyed from Wtihin” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey.

     

     

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  • Panel discussion and launch of All Survivors Project’s ‘“Destroyed from Within” Sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey’ at Chatham House, 6 September 2018, London, United Kingdom

    The panel also examined and assessed existing knowledge on sexual violence in conflict and why it has been so prevalent in the Syrian conflict, in particular, against boys and men.  Why do certain forces employ this brutal tactic? And what can the international community do to hold perpetrators of sexual violence in Syria and elsewhere duly accountable?

    Listen to the podcast.

  • “Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in CAR”, ISS, 23 July 2018

    Institute for Security Studies coverage of All Survivors Project’s report “I don’t know who can help” Men and boys facing sexual violence in Central African Republic.

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  • UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, 9 July 2018

    All Survivors Project analyses member state interventions in the recent UN Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict ‘Protecting children today prevents conflict tomorrow’ to assess their efforts in acknowledging the gender specific realities of sexual violence against men and boys in situations of armed conflict.

    Despite the discernible increase in the number of cases of sexual violence against children verified last year, less than one third of UN member states and international organisations who intervened at the Open Debate acknowledged conflict-related sexual violence against children.

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  • All Survivors Project’s submission for UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, July 2018

    All Survivors Project makes this submission to the United Nations member states in advance of the Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) which will take place on 9th July 2018.

    This submission highlights the importance of adequately responding to the deeply hidden problem of sexual violence against boys in armed conflict.

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  • International Conference on “Men, Gender and Development”, 7-8 June 2018, Basel, Switzerland

    Engaging and working together with men and boys (EMB) is essential for achieving gender equality and serves as a strategy to claim sexual and reproductive rights and to decrease gender based violence. The first conference in Switzerland on Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality as a global Challenge was jointly organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and IAMANEH Switzerland.

    Day 2 of the conference focused in depth on the application of EMB-approaches in the field of gender based violence with a specific emphasis on working with perpetrators and the links between ones’ own experiences of violence and the later exposure to or use of violence. All Survivors Project Executive Director Charu Lata Hogg spoke about men as target group in humanitarian settings.

  • “Understanding sexual violence against men and boys in conflict”, Open Global Rights, 19 June 2018

    All Survivors Project Executive Director Charu Lata Hogg discusses the much-neglected issue of sexual victimisation of males in conflict.

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  • Podcast “Medical Care of Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in CAR” commemorates International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June 2018

    All Survivors Project commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 19, 2018, by releasing “Medical Care of Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in CAR”. The twenty-six minute podcast highlights the medical needs of male sexual violence survivors and the challenges they face in accessing care in situations of conflict. The podcast examines barriers faced by male survivors of sexual violence in the Central African Republic following the recent ASP report on sexual violence against men and boys in the country.

    Listen here.

    Press statement in English, French.

  • All Survivors Project Briefs the Committee on the Rights of the Child, 7 June 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

    All Survivors Project Executive Director, Charu Hogg briefs members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at Palais Wilson,  Geneva (Switzerland) during the 80th Pre-Sessional Working Group, 7 June 2018.

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