Strengthening Survivor Centred Accountability for Gender Based Violence

On the 7th December, 2023 the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence held their annual event for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. The focus of this event was on the key theme of the Consortiums Strategic Plan – Survivor Centred Accountability. It explored the following topics:

1. Developing a holistic model of survivor centred accountability

2. Exploring Informal Justice Systems

3. Strengthening national and international influencing and advocacy

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At this event, we highlighted the importance of centring survivors in our GBV advocacy, prevention, and intervention-related work. Siobhán Walsh, CEO, GOAL shared an Opening Address, and Paisley Dodds, Investigations Editor for the The New Humanitarian, moderated the discussion.

A statement from the Patron of the Consortium, President Michael D Higgins, was shared and can be read here.

The excellent speakers of this event includes:

– Daniel Kettor, Rainbo Initiative representing the Irish Working Group on Gender Based Violence in Sierra Leone

– Iheoma Obibi, Alliances for Africa representing Solidarity of African Womens Rights

– Mary-Louise Lynch, Survivors Informing Services and Institutions (SiSi) Ireland

– Lingalireni Mihowa, Oxfam representing the Malawi Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (MICGBV)