Sexual violence in the Gambia is the microcosm through which this Session will explore how technology, interactivity, knowledge-sharing and mentorship can be used to harness the potential of local actors, and remain grounded in all aspects of local culture and ideas of justice, meet local needs and be locally owned.
Ruby Axelson is a Legal Consultant with Global Rights Compliance (‘GRC’). Her main area of focus is sexual and gender-based violence. She is engaged in the design and delivery of specialised aspects of GRC’s training and capacity building work, including for ‘the BIS - The Gambia’ Project. Ms Axelson is a Legal Assistant on a case before the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.
Naffie Sissoho Bangura is a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers and Ministry of Justice of The Gambia. She is a home-grown lawyer from The Gambia, where she completed her LLB and BL. She is an active member of the Female Lawyers Association Gambia and has been a human rights and gender-based violence activist for 13 years by volunteering with several youth organisations in her country.
Fatou Baldeh MBE is the founder and CEO of the NGO “Women in Liberation and Leadership”, which works to address violence against women and girls in the Gambia and to provide psycho-social support for victims of sexual and gender-based violence. She holds a MSc. in Sexual and Reproductive Health and a BSc. in Psychology and Health.
Ashley Jordana is a Canadian barrister and the Secretary of GRC Foundation, where she leads the Basic Investigative Standards (BIS) Initiative encompassing Syria, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, The Gambia, Bangladesh, The Philippines, Venezuela and Ukraine. Ashley is principally involved in training and capacitybuilding CSOs, national investigators and state institutions on processes of documentation, investigation and litigation in accordance with international standards, using the BIS App.
Ombuds institutions can serve as a “thermometer of society” as they handle immense amounts of data concerning the governance of the security sector. This panel discusses how this data can be used to proactively identify “hotspots” within society and to measure progress in implementing the SDGs more generally.
Reinier van Zutphen is the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands since 2015. After studying at the School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, he has gained extensive experience as a judge in several courts in the Netherlands and has fulfilled several international posts in Curacao and Luxembourg. He was also chairman of the Dutch Association for the Judiciary and president of the Administrative High Court for Trade and Industry.
Catalina Crespo is the National Ombudswoman of Costa Rica where she works ensuring that human rights are respected and at the forefront of the country’s agenda. She previously was a senior gender and youth specialist working on the prevention of violent conflict at the World Bank. Additionally she is a co-author for the World Bank and UN’s global study: "Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict".
Hon. Kajuju is the Chairperson of the Commission on Administrative Justice and Secretary-General of African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA). An Advocate with over 20 years’ experience. She holds an LLB from the University of Nairobi and PostGraduate Diploma from Kenya School of Law. She previously served in Parliament as the Women Representative for Meru County and as the Vice-President of Law Society of Kenya.
This session will examine the environmental aspect of Security and Rule of Law, with a specific focus in conflict affected areas. It will bring to the fore the legal contours and actors shaping environmental SRoL during and after conflict and map the hindrances and opportunities for peace arising thereof.