On 22 May, representatives of the High School of Public Governance took part in a meeting with Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the global code of conduct for persons collecting and using information on systematic sexual violence in conflict, the Murad Code.
The event was held with the participation of Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, at the Centre for Assistance to Survivors in Kyiv, established by the Ukrainian Government in partnership with UNFPA.
The meeting was attended by key Ukrainian stakeholders and representatives of international projects that provide training and professional development on preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence. In particular, representatives of the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Social Service of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the Prosecutors’ Training Centre, the Dr Mukwege Foundation, the Ukrainian Women’s Lawyers Association YurFem, etc.
During the meeting, the participants discussed issues and experience of using the Murad Code, in particular in conducting trainings for various groups of professionals.
The Murad Code is rooted in international law, in particular in fundamental human rights – the rights of victims to dignity, privacy, health, security, access to justice, truth and effective legal protection. The Code thus reflects common, indisputable core standards that should be applied by all actors in all contexts to promote a victim-centred approach. The Code contains standards that apply to individuals and organisations, which should integrate these standards into systems, policies, procedures, contracts and practices.
In general, the Murad Code was the basis for the first model training programme for public servants and local government officials on responding to conflict-related sexual violence and assisting victims, developed by experts from the National Police and the Graduate School. Last year, 98 specialists completed the programme.