I am proud and excited to be an International Gender Champion. In some parts of the world, social structures and assumptions have made women particularly vulnerable to disappearance. Conversely, in cases of armed conflict and human rights abuse, victims of disappearance are predominantly male. ICMP takes a proactive approach to the circumstances faced by women and children who are left behind following disappearances. It implements programs to improve the support available to female headed households, and provides learning and development programs so that women can become powerful advocates in securing their rights to justice, truth and social and economic benefits. By engaging with female leaders it is possible to ensure that the approach of governments to missing persons meets the specific needs and rights of survivors.
ICMP will seek to incorporate in other country programs the successful activities it has already undertaken in Iraq in the context of UN Resolution 1325 on women peace and security. These activities identify and address the disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls.
ICMP will undertake a media and public outreach campaign to raise global awareness about the gender implications of the missing persons issue.