Ito International Research Center Conference the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege’s Special Lecture on “Peace, Justice, and Women’s Rights”

  • Date:
  • Time:
  • Venue:
    Ito Hall, Ito International Research Center, Hongo Campus, the University of Tokyo
  • Host:

    Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo (SDGs Collaborative Research Unit)
    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A): The Nexus of International Politics in Climate Change and Water Resource: From the Perspective of Security Studies and SDGs

  • Co-host:

    Association on Sexual Violence and Conflict in the DR Congo (ASVCC)
    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B): Relations Between Minerals Extraction and Human Rights Violation in Conflict

  • Cooperation:

    The Mitsubishi Foundation
    The Takagi Fund for Citizen Science

  • Capacity:

    400 seats (In the order of registration arrival)

  • Language:

    Japanese, English, and French (simultaneous interpretation)

  • Application Period:

    10:00, September 10, 2019 (Tuesday) – 17:00, September 25, 2019 (Wednesday)
    *The number of applicants reached the limit, the application process was closed on Sptember 12, 2019.
    Please note that this symposium has reached its full capacity and the registration is closed. Only pre-registered participants can join this event (walk-in registrations will not be accepted). Thank you very much.

  • Notes:

    Please refer to the notes below before you apply.
    1) Identification
    On the day of the symposium, we will confirm your identity at the reception. So please make sure to bring a printout of the automated email response to your application to participate in the symposium, as well as a photo ID* card that can verify your identity.
    If your identity cannot be confirmed, you will not be permitted to enter the venue no matter the reason.
    *Driver’s license, passport, resident registry card with a photo, “my number” card with a photo, student ID with a photo, residence card, etc.

    2) Security measures
    ・Your baggage will be checked when you enter the venue.
    ・Umbrella, foldble umbrella, liquid contained in a bottle, can, PET bottle, thermos, etc., as well as hazardous materials,
    will be banned.
    ・Large luggage cannot be brought inside. Please deposit such belongings at the cloak room.
    ・If you engage in disruptive acts and interfere with the lecture, or if you refuse to comply with the instructions of the organizers, you may be asked to leave.

Registration is now closed for this event.

Since the onset of the violent conflict in DRC in 1996, the civilian death toll is estimated to have reached 6 million. In particular, in eastern DRC, human rights have constantly been violated by the 100-odd armed groups operating in the area. Most of these groups have been funded by both the exploitation and trafficking of rich mineral resources. Related to these mineral dealings and violence, systematic sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war with the aim of destroying the victim, her family, and her community. This event looks to offer a platform to understand the structural causes of sexual violence in a conflict zone and discuss how to realize peace and justice, where human rights of the socially vulnerable are protected. The lecture by Dr. Mukwege will shed more light on the latest situation of sexual violence in the conflict zone of eastern DRC and on his continuous efforts to ensure women’s rights (SDG 5), peace, justice, and democratic stability (SDG 16), and fairness (SDG 10) in the DRC. Moreover, this event will offer an opportunity to discuss with researchers of research institutions engaging in international security and peace building, and aid agencies committed to the resolution of conflict.

  • Opening Remarks

    Makoto Gonokami, President, the University of Tokyo

  • Introduction

    Kiichi Fujiwara, Director, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI)

  • Keynote Speech

    Denis Mukwege, Medicine Director, Panzi Hospital

  • Comment1

    Mihoko Kumamoto, Director, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office

  • Comment2

    Kazuyo Hanai, Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI)

  • Q&A (Panel discussion)
  • Closing Remarks