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Panelists to address sexual violence in Syria

"Sexual Violence and Conflict in Syria," a panel discussion, will be Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

Experts will discuss the role of sexual violence in the Syrian conflict and the surrounding region, what is being done to address it and what is needed to address the needs of survivors.

Panelists include:

  • Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of the Women's Media Center's Women Under Siege project;
  • Christopher McNaboe, program associate, The Carter Center;
  • Liz McLaughlin, associate vice president, CARE.

Pamela Scully, professor in the departments of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies, will moderate.

While global campaigns to treat sexual violence during conflict as war crimes and to include women in peace processes have made notable strides over the past decade, sexual violence in conflict continues on a horrific scale.

This is true in Syria where the brutal conflict continues after more than three years. In 2013 in Syria, more than 38,000 people sought help from the United Nations after surviving sexual or other gender-based violence, a number that is likely vastly underreported, according to The Cairo [Egypt] Post.

Sex trafficking is taking place in the border areas and in refugee camp, The Post reported.

The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Developing Nations, The Carter Center and CARE.

It is part of IDN's ongoing initiative on ending sexual and gender-based violence, according to Keisha Haywood. RSVP for the event to Haywood or call 404-727-6951.

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