The Hague, 9 March 2020 – ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger has committed to ensuring that all ICMP global programs will promote female leadership and engagement. This effort, part of her 2020 International Gender Champion commitments, aims to support women whose relatives have gone missing, so that they can become strong human rights advocates and work to secure their rights.
“As an International Gender Champion, I will strive to reduce the plight of women survivors of atrocities. Silence has long surrounded the issue of missing persons, likely because those left behind tend to be women and children, while most of those who go missing from war, human rights abuses, organized crime and irregular migration are men,” she said.
“Many women don’t report missing person cases out of fear of reprisals, and many may not be aware of their rights, including the right to a proper investigation.”
She noted that ICMP raises global awareness of the challenges faced by those left behind and helps them secure their rights to justice, truth and economic reparations.
“Accounting for the missing is an investment in peace and security for all in society – women as well as men,” she said.
The ICMP will also introduce gender awareness and gender mainstreaming training for all managers and staff during 2020.