Since the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice was established in January 2004, we have:

  • Developed effective and dynamic working relationships with each of the organs of the Court and key decision-makers within the International Criminal Court (ICC).
  • Trained all three investigation teams in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the time (Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Darfur) and provided gender training for staff working on victims and witnesses within the Registry.
  • Produced a substantial Gender Training Handbook for our gender training seminars with the ICC.
  • Were named amongst the final nominees for the Peter Gruber Human Rights Award for our work with women most affected by armed conflict and in providing an effective ‘gender watch’ for the ICC.
  • Launched a Global Recruitment Campaign to increase the appointments of women to the ICC and to monitor the Court’s implementation of the Rome Statute principles of gender expertise, fair representation of men and women, and regional representation in the recruitment of staff. Since the launch of the campaign, we have seen a quantifiable increase in the appointment of women to professional posts at the ICC.
  • Successfully campaigned for the election of a woman to the post of Deputy Prosecutor, and later Chief Prosecutor.
  • Successfully lobbied for the establishment of a gender legal advisor role within the OTP.
  • Produced outreach resources in three languages on the rights of victims and witnesses under the Rome Statute (Information Card Series: Rights and the Rome Statute) for victims/survivors of armed conflicts where the ICC is investigating, .
  • Conducted field consultations and awareness raising activities with women’s NGOs, victims groups, community leaders in northern Uganda and advocated for gender-based crimes to be included in the ICC investigations and indictments on the Ugandan conflict.
  • Developed contacts with women’s groups in the DRC, produced resources on victims’ rights under the Rome Statute (French), and advocated for inclusion of gender-based crimes in the ICC investigations in the DRC.
  • Successfully advocated for the first investigations in Darfur to include sexual and gender-based crimes.
  • Launched the ‘Gender Lecture Series’ to provide provocative and stimulating presentations to the ICC on current gender justice issues.
  • Advocated for gender issues in the development of the ICC Trust Fund for Victims.
  • Provided significant and substantive feedback on institutional policies of the ICC.
  • Provided substantive advice and feedback to the OTP on the interviewing of victims of sexual violence during investigative missions.
  • Brought together delegations of women activists to advocate on gender issues at the annual Assembly of States Parties.
  • Co-organised public panels to highlight sexual and gender-based crimes in armed conflicts.
  • Co-hosted an art exhibition and launch of a documentary on the experiences of child soldiers, specifically girl soldiers, in the conflicts in Sierra Leone and the DRC.
  • Initiated two major research projects (including field visits) on Gender and Reparations; and an academic partnership researching ‘Complementarity’– domestic implementation of the Rome Statute.
  • Produced the Gender Report Card on the ICC annually for over a decade.
  • Produced a comprehensive overview of all Situations and cases before the ICC, titled The Compendium.
  • Launched the Gender Justice Legacy Wall, honouring and celebrating many of those who, over the past 125 years, have contributed to the field of international gender justice.