Connect survivors in a movement


SEMA (meaning ¨Speak Out¨ in Swahili) is the Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence. Women from (currently) 20 countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East and Europe first came together in 2017 to form the network.  The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation aims to end sexual violence as a weapon of war by putting survivors of sexual violence in conflict at the core of its mission. We support women from all continents to join forces. Together, they are building a global network that connects survivors, builds solidarity and makes real change to CRSV policies and programs.

Rape is a silent, often invisible crime. The pain and the consequences it causes are hidden.

Now victims of conflict-related sexual violence from 14 different countries from all continents are standing up.

We help them to connect and create a global network. Together, they are able to draw attention to the use of rape as a weapon of war and demand the changes necessary to end the violence and achieve justice.

We facilitate the creation of the movement by providing a forum to meet and exchange ideas. Through our own network, our contacts with the media and our reach on social media, we support the group to get their message out to a global audience.

When survivors speak up, the use of sexual violence as a tactic of warfare and terrorism can no longer be ignored.

Spotlight: The Ukrainian Survivor Network

In Ukraine, we are now a network of 15 people from all corners of the country. We are women who were destroyed by the violence resulting from the war in eastern Ukraine, all suffered in captivity – from several days to more than 2 years. We are looking for other victims throughout Ukraine, to document crimes against humanity.