Coalition for Women's Human Rights in Conflict Situations

About the Coalition - Mandate

The mandate of the Coalition for Women’s Human Rights in Conflict Situations is to ensure that crimes committed against women in conflict situations are adequately examined and prosecuted. The Coalition seeks solutions to the invisibility of women’s human rights abuses in conflict situations, to condemn the practice of sexual violence and other inhumane treatment of women as deliberate instruments of war, and to ensure that these are prosecuted as war crimes, torture, crimes against humanity, and crimes of genocide, where appropriate. Working at the local and international levels, Coalition members act as a resource for consultation and debate on substantive issues related to the integration of a gender perspective in post-conflict transitional justice systems. Coalition efforts also seek to strengthen international and regional capacity to monitor the respect of women's human rights in conflict and post-war situations through the creation of appropriate mechanisms of accountability and the assessment of their transferability to other contexts.

The main focus of the Coalition’s work is to promote the adequate prosecution of perpetrators of crimes of gender violence in transitional justice systems working in Africa, in order to create precedents that recognise violence against women in conflict situations and help find ways to obtain justice and reparation for women survivors of sexual violence.


All policies and measures relating to reparation must explicitly be based on the principle of non-discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, ethnicity, race, age, political affiliation, class, marital status, sexual orientation, nationality, religion and disability and affirmative measures to redress inequalities.

-- Excerpt from the
Nairobi Declaration