Strengthening the United Nations’ victim-centred response to sexual exploitation and abuse through partnerships with national human rights institutions – challenges and opportunities

28 October 2021, 09:00 – 11:00 (EST)   I   Online Event

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The United Nations Office of the Victims’ Rights Advocate and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) will be jointly organising an online event “Strengthening the United Nations’ victim-centred response to sexual exploitation and abuse through partnerships with national human rights institutions – challenges and opportunities” co-sponsored by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Permanent Missions of Australia, Costa Rica and Germany on the sidelines of the 76th session of the General Assembly.

The event is intended to raise awareness among national human rights institutions (NHRIs) of the specific challenges of upholding the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations staff and related personnel (and by non-United Nations forces operating under a Security Council mandate). It will provide a platform for Senior Victims’ Rights Officers and representatives of GANHRI-accredited NHRIs to present examples of good practices and opportunities in national contexts for collaboration between United Nations stakeholders and NHRIs to support the realisation of victims’ rights to assistance and support.
The event is also designed to raise the awareness among Member States and United Nations staff of the potential of United Nations’ partnerships with NHRIs in delivering on the Secretary-General’s victim-centred strategy to addressing sexual exploitation and abuse.

GANHRI and OVRA have jointly produced a guide for national human rights institutions to translate a victim-centred approach into practice and realise the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. You can read the guide in EN and FR.

The event will be held online on Zoom and interpretation in Spanish and French will be provided.  The final agenda will be available in the upcoming weeks.