Launched in 2019, The Global Survivors Fund is a complementary mechanism to raise and allocate resources for reparation programmes, including where States or other parties responsible for the violence are unwilling or unable to do so. The Fund recognises that States are responsible for awarding reparations, but considers survivors’ right to reparations is the leading principle. It adopts a broad approach towards reparations and redress, including compensation (individual or collective), rehabilitation, and acknowledgement, all of which help to rebuild shattered lives and fight stigma. Its core principle is to place the voices of survivors at the centre of all its processes and decisions, ensuring that programmes will truly benefit the individuals they are designed to serve.
Dr Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned gynaecologist and human rights activist from east DRC. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his global efforts to end the use of rape as a weapon of war. Dr Mukwege founded Panzi Hospital and Foundation, and has become one of the world’s leading specialists on treating survivors of wartime sexual violence.More about Dr Denis Mukwege