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Women and Foreign Policy: Is Everything We Know About Wartime Rape Wrong?

February 19, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am


As part of the Women and Foreign Policy series, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell will convene experts, policymakers, and practitioners to tackle these questions. The event will explore the policy implications of emerging research on sexual violence in conflict and pose new questions that can help frame a growing policy agenda on this issue.

Featured Speakers

  • Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Professor Ní Aoláin holds the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and is concurrently Professor of Law & Associate Director at Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute (Belfast). Her book Law in Times of Crisis with Prof Oren Gross (CUP 2006) was awarded ASIL’s Certificate of Merit for creative scholarship (2007). She is co-author of On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post Conflict Process (OUP 2011). Ní Aoláin was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making (2003). She has served as Expert to the ICC Trust Fund for Victims (2015), and Consultant to UN Women and OHCHR on a Study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence (2013). She was nominated twice by the Irish Government as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights (2004 & 2007). She is Board Chair of the Open Society’s Women’ Program, and serves on the Board of the Center for Victims of Torture and the Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security.

  • Dr. Dara Kay Cohen

Dara Kay Cohen is an assistant professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her forthcoming book, Rape During Civil War (Cornell University Press, 2016), examines the variation in the use of rape during recent civil conflicts; the research for the book draws on fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste and El Salvador. Cohen received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and an A.B. in political science and philosophy from Brown University. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, she was an assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


This event is open to the public. Doors will open at 9 a.m. To attend, please e-mail ambcatherinerussell@state.gov no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Please include your name, date of birth, and either your driver’s license number or passport number.

Can’t make the event in person? Tune in to the U.S. Department of State website to catch the livestream, and follow #ThinkGender on Twitter.

About This Event

Women in Foreign Policy: Is Everything We Know about Wartime Rape Wrong? is the third event in a series of meetings hosted by Ambassador Russell. The Women and Foreign Policy series looks at the relationship between gender inequality and foreign policy, with a focus on solutions and best practices.


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February 19, 2016
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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