National Networks
Connecting Survivors
National Networks
Connecting Survivors

The power of survivor-led networks

Supporting survivor-led networks is a strategy to place survivors at the heart of the fight for their rights.

Evidence shows that this model of survivor-led activism is an effective means of enabling survivors to overcome stigma and take the lead in efforts to prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. Survivors tell us that they experience support, recognition, and wellbeing by participating in peer-led networks.

We foster survivor ownership and autonomy with a mix of mentoring, coaching, peer learning and skills development approaches, so that survivors can set the course of their networks themselves.

Our approach 

Our approach is to create an enabling environment in which survivors can take the lead and determine their own strategies to break the cycle of violence.

We support national survivor networks by:

  • Supporting peer learning for inspiration and growth
  • Connecting local survivor networks across their region and with the global network SEMA
  • Strengthening survivors’ organisational resilience and capacity
  • Investing in survivor leadership and capacities
  • Resourcing and amplifying survivor-led advocacy and activism
  • Shifting the narrative around sexual violence in conflict

Survivor-led networks have diverse priorities, depending on their context. But in all cases, they organise to raise awareness about the realities of wartime sexual violence, to combat stigma and harmful myths around sexual violence in conflict, to advocate for survivors’ rights, and to commemorate and recognise the victims of these atrocities by creating a survivor-centred history of conflict through their lived experiences.

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