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The Policy Paper on Gender Persecution

A Call to Action for Civil Society

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) just announced the development 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 – a truly groundbreaking opportunity for clarity on a topic that has been overlooked for too long.

This is our moment to reaffirm – once and for all – that targeting women and LGBTIQ, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons in peacetime and conflict can amount to a crime against humanity. By better understanding how and when gender persecution occurs, we can strengthen accountability, meaningfully include survivors in building sustainable peace, and disrupt the cycle of gender-based violence. To do this, civil society needs to make our voice heard in this new policy paper initiative.

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.

The OTP has opened the first consultation period, with a March 18, 2022 deadline to submit comments regarding the content of the first draft of the policy. The OTP will release the first draft of the policy in September 2022 and open a second consultation period, ending in October 2022. The final policy will be released in December 2022 at the Assembly of States Parties.

Get involved!

Sign the open letter: MADRE is serving as a clearing house for comments and has compiled feedback from grassroots organizations from around the world. A summary of this compilation is available in a sign-on letter here in English, French, and Spanish. Join this crucial moment for gender justice!

Write your own submission: Share your perspectives directly with the Office of the Prosecutor by writing a submission. For example, your submission can detail the forms of gender persecution that occur in your region or how these crimes impact people at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression or discrimination. Comments can be sent by Friday, March 18, 2022 to:  

Share the resource guide: Share this resource guide, available in English, French, and Spanish, with your networks, and rally organizations in your community to make sure that your perspectives are a part of this historic process. To stay involved, click here and complete the form.