Event: From words to action: Repairing the wounds of wartime sexual violence

Survivors of conflict-related sexual violence from around the world are demanding reparations. At this unique event, members of the Global Survivor Network will engage the international community in their fight for innovative, global solutions for reparative justice.

Together with grassroots organisations supporting them in access to justice and rights, they will explain the instrumental role of reparations in rebuilding lives, breaking stigma and bringing about systemic change. Representatives of the United Nations, the European Union and several states will share their views on how to support survivors and end rape as a weapon of war.

28 November 2018
The Hague, the Netherlands

Upon invitation only.


With addresses of Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and Dr Denis Mukwege.

During the symposium, survivors explain what reparations means to them, grassroot organisations share their experiences, and policy-makers highlight what the international community can do to make reparations a reality for victims of sexual violence.

Speakers include

  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • Lilianne Ploumen, founder of SheDecides and former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of The Netherlands
  • Esperande Bigirimana, survivor, Burundi
  • Sylvia Acan, survivor, Uganda
  • Feride Rushiti, Founder and Executive Director of Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for victims of Torture, Kosovo
  • Pilar Rueda, Founder of Red de Mujeres Víctimas y Profesionales, Colombia
  • Karine Bonneau, Director of International Justice Desk, FIDH


Photos: Mukwege Foundation/Jeppe Schilder