The Policy Paper on Gender Persecution
In an effort to promote accountability, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is embarking on the creation of a Policy Paper on Gender Persecution. This Policy Paper aims to clarify global norms against gender persecution and strengthen recognition of gender persecution in investigations and legal proceedings. Building on our long history of fighting for accountability for gender-based crimes within international law frameworks, MADRE is rallying civil society to participate in the development of the Policy Paper on Gender Persecution. This Policy Paper presents a unique opportunity to bring together the voices of grassroots movements from across the globe to ensure that their perspectives inform this historic process.
With support from UNWOMEN, MADRE and the Human Rights and Gender Justice (HRGJ) Clinic at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law developed the “Identifying Gender Persecution in Conflicts and Atrocities Toolkit.” The toolkit is designed to provide investigators, lawyers, advocates, documenters, and first responders with a framework for recognizing and understanding the legal context of gender persecution.
Developed with the input of legal experts, feminist scholars, and practitioners, the toolkit’s four main sections (1) provide an overview of the international crime of persecution on gender grounds as a crime against humanity; (2) outline how persecution on gender grounds manifests, including past and current examples of gender persecution across a range of geographic, cultural and political contexts; (3) provide exercises and tools to assist the reader with identifying and documenting gender persecution; and (4) concludes with recommendations for ensuring accountability for gender persecution.