Gender and Atrocity Prevention

APR2P's Gender and Atrocity Prevention research examines the role gender dynamics plays in both the commission and prevention of atrocity crimes. Violent acts based on power imbalances between gender identities have been identified as atrocity crimes by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. In 2000, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 called on all States to prosecute those responsible for carrying out atrocity crimes against women and girls, including widespread instances of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Many instances of atrocity crimes include acts of SGBV, and finding ways to prevent and stop them are crucial in preventing mass atrocities.

The Centre's research builds on these legal standards to investigate how gender identities within the Asia Pacific relate to the commission of SGBV and atrocity crimes. This page showcases publications and links to events on this research area.

In October 2021, in partnership with the Gender and Atrocity Prevention Working Group of the Asia Pacific Partnership for Atrocity Prevention (APPAP), APR2P published a report on how to better prevent gender-based atrocity crimes. The report contains recommendations for stakeholders and several strategies for structural, direct and late-stage prevention. The report can be downloaded at the link below. 

More information can be found about the working group by visiting the Gender and Atrocity Prevention Working Group's page over on the APPAP website.  

Picture Credits: UN Women/Allison Joyce on Flickr: Bangladesh - Rohingya women in refugee camps share stories of loss and hopes of recovery. Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 2018. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).