Seminar: Disability and Armed Conflict 10th October

sep 19, 2019

Date: 10th October 2019
Time: 09:00-12:00 (Registration from 08:30)
Venue: Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm
Registration: no later than October 7

One billion people experience some form of disability, between 110 million and 190 million people experience significant disabilities. The disability prevalence is higher for developing countries (World Bank, 2019). 

During armed conflict people with disabilities are disproportionately affected, they can easily be caught in cycles of violence, gross human rights violation, isolation, and deepening poverty. There are studies that show how people with disabilities have been used as human shields and systematically slaughter. UNICEF (2018) points out that children with disabilities are especially vulnerable towards sexual violence. In the recent Resolution 2475, the UN Security Council recognised the need to protect people with disabilities under all the stages of a conflict. Moreover, it marks that people with disabilities can play a pivotal role to achieve sustainable peace and security.

MyRight invites you to this conference, where specialist speakers will reflect and discuss what strategies worked-well to include disability issues in the post-conflict agenda of Bosnia and Hercegovina. The legal instruments that can be used to guarantee the protection and inclusion of people with disabilities during an armed conflict. The opportunities and challenges that the Resolution 2475 brings with and how CSOs can monitor its implementation?


Moderator: Jamie Bolling

8.30     Registration, coffee and sandwich

9.00     Welcoming words  
Jesper Hansén, Secretary General, MyRight

9.15     Disabilities due to conflict: getting disability into the post-conflict agenda
Belma Goralija, Activist

9.35     People with disabilities in times of an armed conflict: the applicability of legal treaties – such as the Geneva Conventions and CRPD- and the IHL. A practical approach: Colombia case
Alice Priddy, Senior Researcher
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

10.05   Coffee break

10.25   Resolution 2475: opportunities and challenges for the UN System
and state partners

Ricardo Pla Cordero, Risk Mitigation and Inclusion Advisor
International Rescue Committee

11.00   Q&A
Panel with the three Specialist Speakers

11.45   Wrapping up: concluding remarks
Jamie Bolling

The seminar will be held in English.

The seminar will be interpreted in Swedish sign language. The venue has a loopset, and is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know other accessibility needs when you registrate (for instance if you need material or presentations in advance).

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Besöks- och postadress:
MyRight Liljeholmen 7A, 117 63 Stockholm
Telefon: 08-505 776 00
Org. nr 802402-9376

Stöd MyRight med en gåva
Swish: 123 900 11 08
Plusgiro: 90 01 10-8