Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation

High-level advocacy

Working with governments to halt and prevent sexual violence

Sexual violence is used as a method of warfare in conflicts worldwide. Despite the adoption of several resolutions by the UN Security Council, little has been done at the international level to prevent and stop these crimes and to support victims.

We aim to bring together like-minded governments that are willing to act and take moral leadership.

Through high-level advocacy, we work with states to form a Global Alliance against sexual violence in conflict. Member states can use their diplomatic power to make clear that sexual violence is not tolerated.

We propose a standardized monitoring and response mechanism to enforce the legal responsibility of states

Member states of the Global Alliance should establish a monitoring system to call on the responsibility of states to prevent and halt the commission of large-scale sexual violence in conflict. They would share information and decide on joint action, for example the suspension of trade agreements with or the adoption of sanctions against countries that use or condone sexual violence as a method of warfare.

We work to create an international reparations system for victims of conflict-related sexual violence.

Even though reparations can play a crucial role in rebuilding a society, the issue has been largely neglected. In most countries, victims only receive financial compensation if a perpetrator is convicted. In cases of conflict-related sexual violence, however, most perpetrators are never identified or caught.

We support member states of the Global Alliance in the establishment of an international reparations system which would enable victims of sexual violence to receive assistance. Reparations can make a real difference in the daily lives of thousands of survivors worldwide. They can include various forms, ranging from assistance to individuals to rebuild their lives, to ceremonies or monuments for communities to acknowledge what happened. Reparations can make a real difference in the daily lives of thousands of survivors worldwide while at the same time contribute to development of a country after the war has ended.

 

 

Photo: UN Photo/Susan Markisz
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“In no other area is our collective failure to ensure effective protection for civilians more apparent."(Former UN-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)