Women in Armed Conflicts - Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in Columbia and Beyond

11 and 13 March 2015, 4:30 pm, New York

organized by: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, ECCHR, UN Women Nationales Komitee Deutschland
Gitti Henschel, Gunda-Werner-Institut / Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Anna von Gall, ECCHR Berlin
Claudia María Mejía Duque, Sisma Mujer (Kolumbien)
Viviana Rodriguez, Sisma Mujer (Kolumbien)
Andreas Forer, ProFis / GIZ (Kolumbien)
In the context of the Beijing +20 Review, the Gunda-Werner Institute at the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) are hosting an event focused on the achievements and remaining gaps with regard to one of the critical areas mentioned in the Beijing Platform for Action: Women in Armed Conflicts. 
Despite some progress, acts of sexual and gender-based violence committed by warring parties still often go unpunished, leaving a tremendous negative effect not only on the victims and survivors, but also on society as a whole. Women and girls, but also men and boys, widely suffer from a lack of accountability and the specific psychological and physical harm inflicted by these crimes. Only very few post-conflict countries have managed to successfully guarantee access to justice in transitional settings.
This event will highlight the importance of developing a gender-sensitive perspective in dealing with conflict and accountability processes. The approach will be exemplified by the long-lasting conflict in Colombia, which has rarely been discussed from a gender perspective. During the session, gender-sensitive proposals for transitional justice mechanisms and ongoing peace negotiations shall be addresses by a variety of experts from Germany and Columbia.
RSVP now for March 11th

RSVP now for March 13th

In case of any questions regarding the events, please contact

PLEASE NOTE: The same event will take place as an official UN side event, sponsored by the Federal Government of Germany, on March 13th, 2015, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm, at the UN headquarters (conference room 7). The Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Ms Elke Ferner, will give some brief welcome remarks. The event is also supported by the German National Commitee for UN Women. In order to attend the session on March 13th, you have to be accredited as a CSW civil society delegate.

International Visual Action in Solidarity with the Victims of Ayotzinapa

Call for action

Por Mexiko.© Marcelo Brodsky, Buenos Aires, 2014


Together with Tlachinollan, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña, the Latinstock Foundation and other Human Rights organizations in Latin America ECCHR calls for an international visual action in solidarity with the victims of kidnapping and murder that happened last September in Iguala, Estado de Guerrero, Mexico.

The visual campaign seeks photographers and groups of students who will pose for a picture with a sign reading in order to express worldwide sympathy and support for the missing students and their parents in their struggle to  pursue justice and truth for this brutal and unimaginable act of violence against unarmed young students. The sign reading will send a message for Truth and Justice to prevail  in Mexico. 

The students and social organizations of Mexico will receive these images and distribute them around the country, in the social networks and in contact with the Mexican Human Rights Organizations such as Tlachinollan, that represents the families of the victims and other Photography and Human Rights organizations in Mexico. For them, this support is essential to strengthen their fight for justice and the respect for Human Rights, a struggle that will gain for them the support of sensible people around the world.


The images can be sent in low resolution to:

© ECCHR, Berlin 2014

"The Secrecy of Return" by Nghia Nuyen

Until April 2015, ECCHR's office, Berlin

Organized by: ECCHR


In his paintings, installations and performances Nghia Nuyen explores the philosophical dimension of the individual and, as a result, the political. At the age of fourteen Nuyen fled Saigon with his family. He was taken on board the ship Cap Anamur belonging to the organization Deutsche Notärzte and has lived in Germany since 1981. In his work as an artist he stages water crossings, giving a ritualized dimension to his experience of fleeing.


Daily from 10am to 4pm, ECCHR offices (Zossener Str. 55-58, 10961 Berlin)