Protection of women in conflict: Chief of Army discusses the London Global Summit

The Centre for Military & Security Law and the ANU Gender Institute are pleased to co-host a Seminar featuring Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, the Chief of Army, Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer, Director of Studies at The Australian National University Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and Ms Veronica Fynn, a PhD scholar at the ANU College of Law.

Armed conflicts are currently occurring in various regions of the world and the need to protect innocent victims of these conflicts has never been greater. Women are particularly vulnerable in times of conflict and the recent Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, co-chaired by William Hague (United Kingdom Foreign Secretary) and Angelina Jolie (Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees) brought together 1,700 delegates and 129 country delegations to consider ways in which women could be better protected. The Summit agreed on practical steps to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes.