The Crisis in Tigray: Women and Girls Under Violent Assault

Wednesday, April 21
10:00AM-11:15AM EDT


Civil war rages on in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and women and girls are under attack. Amidst a media blackout, the world is just learning of the scope of the brutality. Coordinated rapes in Tigray are being deliberately used as a weapon of war and only one medical facility in the region is equipped to respond to rape survivors. The violence in Tigray has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes. The UN Security Council has yet to act.

Leading policymakers and voices from Tigray and the greater region joined for an important discussion on what is happening, and what can be done to counter the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women and girls. Read a press release about the event here.

Read our brief on the Tigray Crisis for an overview of the current situation and ways to get involved.


The Honorable Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Honorable Geraldine Byrne-Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN

Ms. Esther Watts, Country Director, CARE Ethiopia

Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

and voices from Tigray including local healthcare providers and survivors who shared eyewitness accounts

Hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.