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A photo of a group of women protesting sexual violence in Ukraine.



Justice for Victims of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine
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Registration required. Please note that all attendees must follow Columbia’s COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines. Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community.  To that end, all visiting alumni and guests must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend in-person events.  Vaccination cards may be checked upon entry to all venues.  

Please join the Gender & Public Policy Specialization at the School of International and Public Affairs, the Women and Gender Studies Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Women and Gender in Global Affairs at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and the Harriman Institute for a discussion with Ievgeniia Lukianchenko. Moderated by Elise Giuliano.

In March 2022, the United Nations General Assembly deplored “in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” demanding an immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine. In the ensuing months, the security situation has deteriorated with massive loss of life and widespread destruction of infrastructure rapidly driving large-scale displacement. Within Ukraine, brutal violations of conflict-related sexual violence continue to be reported. The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine was aware of over 100 acts of conflict-related sexual violence, mostly attributed to Russian armed forces.

In May 2022, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten, and the Government of Ukraine signed the Framework of Cooperation on the Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.

During the event the speaker will raise awareness of the strategic Government-United Nations partnership to address conflict-related sexual violence. The objective of the event is to draw attention of the international community to this issue and to lay a collaborative foundation for the development of a system that will ensure the rights of victims and bring perpetrators to justice and accountability.

Ievgeniia Lukianchenko serves as expert advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine. She has extensive experience working in the area of IHL and HR law, gender equality, development and governance. Ievgeniia has also served as the advisor Minister for Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories.  Ievgeniia began her career as a legal intern at the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations in NYC. She holds a master’s degree in International Law from the University of Amsterdam and International Law and International Affairs from Taras Shevchenko National University (Institute of International Relations). In 2020, Ievgeniia started her PhD research in legal aspects of counteracting disinformation and propaganda at the Taras Shevchenko National University (Institute of International Relations). At the moment, she is a visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen.  She has recently returned from Kyiv.