International Development Law Organization

Survivor-centered Justice for Gender-Based Violence in complex situations

Partner side event organized by the International Law Development Organization (IDLO) and the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University on the occasion of the Women Deliver Conference (WD) 2023

At a time of mounting crises across the humanitarian-development-peace and climate continuum, women and girls continue to face a myriad of challenges in pursuing justice for gender-based violence. Seventy per cent of women experience GBV in humanitarian or crisis contexts, more than double the global average. In the aftermath of some climate emergencies, a three-fold increase in domestic violence cases has been reported. In these situations, GBV is exacerbated, and women and girls are less likely to receive justice due to the breakdown of institutions and a general culture of impunity.

Recent research conducted by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) in six countries across the globe – Afghanistan, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, South Sudan and Tunisia – shows just how complex accessing justice can be for survivors of GBV in situations of conflict, organized crime, climate disasters and health emergencies – conditions that often intersect with contexts of legal pluralism and political transition. This event will highlight approaches and practices to advance a comprehensive survivor-centred justice response in complex situations across the humanitarian-development-peace and climate continuum.

Objectives for this session include:

  • Urge greater action and investment on justice for survivors of gender-based violence, in all their diversity.
  • Provide a vital opportunity to share and interrogate new thinking on justice for gender-based violence that centres survivors at all stages of the justice process.
  • Provide research and practice-based recommendations to advance justice for survivors of gender-based violence in complex situations.


Moderator: Dr. Ilaria Bottigliero, Director of Research and Learning, IDLO


  • Dr. Chelsea Ullman, Research Scientist, Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University
  • Rubby Haji Naif, Women Deliver Young Leader and Project Assistant for Innovation, Research and Foresight, IFRC Solferino Academy
  • Lusungu Kalanga, Principal Consultant on Gender-based Violence, Social Development Direct and Regional Advocacy Lead for Southern and Eastern Africa, What Works, Malawi
  • Nalini Singh, Executive Director, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement
  • Diana Rodríguez Franco, Secretary for Women’s Affairs, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Varina Winder, Deputy Senior Official and Senior Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State