By ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger
The Hague, 8 March 2020 – Women are the main drivers in securing human rights in relation to the issue of missing persons who disappeared due to conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized violence, global warming and other causes. Their engagement is often motivated by necessity: as most disappeared persons are men, those who are left to fight the battle for justice, truth and reparations are often women.
Women and women-headed organizations have been key partners for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) since its foundation 25 years ago.
With the number of persons who go missing around the world rising as a result of global warming, increased levels of migration, internal displacement, conflict and other causes, including the COVID-19 pandemic, effective female leadership is needed more than ever. This leadership is spearheaded by women whose engagement began with a family member disappearing. Their relentless work benefits not only themselves, but all families of missing persons.
To mark International Women’s Day 2021, ICMP invited partners to share their thoughts on good leadership, their achievements and the challenges they face as female leaders.