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MADRE Hosts CSW Side-Event on Fighting Against Impunity for Gender-based Crimes

On March 16, 2022, MADRE hosted a panel to discuss accountability for gender-based crimes, with a particular focus on gender persecution - what it is and what forms it takes in specific contexts - and a new initiative to advance accountability for gender persecution.

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor announced the development of a new policy paper to advance accountability for gender persecution. This policy paper will guide the ICC’s approach to gender justice – a truly groundbreaking opportunity for clarity on a topic that has been overlooked for too long.

This is our moment to reaffirm 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 and meaningfully include survivors in building sustainable peace.


  • Lisa Davis, Associate Professor of Law, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law; Special Adviser on Gender Persecution to the ICC Prosecutor
  • Neela Ghoshal, Senior Director of Law, Policy, & Research, OutRight Action International
  • Susana Peralta, Peace and Transitional Justice Coordinator, Colombia Diversa

Moderated by:

  • Danny Bradley, Global Campaigns Officer, MADRE
March 23, 2022