Ending rape as a weapon of war is a complex endeavour. It requires a critical questioning and deep understanding of the many dynamics that lead to rape being used as a weapon of war – including an understanding of the root causes related to war and peace. Working towards ending rape calls for attention towards different contexts and different strategies in these contexts. It entails working on different levels across sectors, in addition to understanding complex gender dynamics that facilitate rape. Change is slow and requires effort from everyone, but we have hope that one day rape as a weapon of war will be abolished from the world.
Our theory of change maps out the core strategies that we promote and where we put our efforts:
- Providing quality holistic services for survivors, that include breaking the silence around rape as a weapon of war,
- influencing gender norms and making sexual violence unacceptable and
- ensuring accountability by establishing laws and pushing for their implementation.
These three areas are used to illustrate the types of effective interventions that Panzi Foundation in DRC developed to help prevent rape and support survivors in DRC.