New Event: Peacekeeper Or Perpetrator?



New Event: Peacekeeper Or Perpetrator?

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WHEN: MONDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2017 (16:00 TO 18:00)


The UN was set up to protect human rights and prevent conflict. Yet too often the UN is accused of being part of the problem, not the solution. Since 2001 the UN has sought to address the problem of protecting local people from sexual abuse perpetrated by peacekeepers. As awareness of the problem has grown so have the calls for solutions. But this is a complex problem that requires many solutions designed by a range of stakeholders with expertise on this topic. The project that we are undertaking focuses on one aspect of the problem: safeguarding children in the context of peacekeeping operations. 

This event will showcase research on how to prevent and remedy sexual abuse perpetrated by UN peacekeepers. The research project, undertaken by Rosa Freedman (University of Reading) and Keeping Children Safe has been funded by the British Academy and involves field research in Liberia and Ghana. The event will include a photographic exhibition documenting the field research, as well as a panel event at which speakers will discuss the project, findings, and proposals for implementing and affecting change. 

Please note: you must be registered in advance to attend this event. Contact Rosa Freedman for details.


  • Ms. Jane Connors, the inaugural Victims Rights Advocate of the United Nations and UN Assistant Secretary-General
  • Ms. Sarah Blakemore, Director of Keeping Children Safe
  • Professor Christine Chinkin, Director of the Women, peace and Security Centre, LSE
  • A representative of the UK Foreign & Commenwealth Office

Find out more about the Sexual Violence and Peacekeeping Network (funded by AHRC).

Read the report ‘Safeguarding children from sexual exploitation and abuse’. 


If you are interested in attending this event, or for more information, please email Professor Rosa Freedman, Director of the Global Development Division, University of Reading. 


ESRC Festival of Social Science

Arts and Humanities Research Council

British Academy