Together with Iriba Shalom International we are happy to be able to support 17 women survivors of genocidal sexual violence in Mukoma (Southwest Rwanda) and to give them one sheep each. You can read the short announcement of this project that foresees in, amongst other things, in the women’s livelihood, in Iriba Shalom’s 7th Newsletter (April 2018).
Ten years ago Mukomeze Foundation was founded. Because of this anniversary we are organising a special evening at Humanity House in The Hague on Thursday April 5th. We will screen the documentary The Uncondemned and afterwards Anne-Marie de Brouwer, co-founder of Mukomeze, and Patricia Viseur-Sellers, special advisor at the International Criminal Court discuss various topics regarding the film.
Trailer of ‘The Uncondemned’
The Uncondemned tells the gripping story of a group of young international lawyers, activists and Rwandan women. Together, they played a major role in the international recognition and prosecution of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
During the Rwandan genocide, starting on the 6th of April in 1994, an estimated 800.000 Rwandans were brutally killed in the space of 100 days. Soon after the genocide, it became clear that sexual violence had played a major factor during the mass murder and was used as a weapon of war.
Four years later, in 1998, judges of the Rwanda Tribunal gave an important verdict. For the first time a suspect was found guilty of using sexual violence as a weapon of war during a genocide: mayor Jean-Paul Akayesu. The documentary portrays this iconic trial.
After the movie, we will talk about the prosecution of sexual violence as a weapon of war and the judicial process regarding the trials. Did the case against Akayesu have a deterring effect on possible future perpetrators? What needs to be done to prosecute those who go unpunished? And how does sexual violence still play a role in today’s conflict areas?
- Anne-Marie de Brouwer. Co-founder Mukomeze Foundation and IMPACT: Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict.
- Patricia Viseur Sellers. Special Adviser on gender-based crimes for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Patricia contributed to the trial against Akayesu.
- The moderator will be Christophe Paulussen. Senior Researcher T.M.C. Asser Instituut.
- Thursday 5 April | 19:30-21:30
- Language is English
- Tickets via Humanity House
“We are very proud that we can support the strong and beautiful woman that is Dorothee through Mukomeze Foundation. With the donated money she can take care of herself and of her children and she gets her self confidence and self esteem back. Mukomeze sends us an update twice a year and tells us how she is doing and what she has done with the donations. We write to Dorothee frequently and she writes us back as well. She knows we are here for her even though we haven’t met yet. The Rwandan women lived through such misery but they have found the strength to continue their lives. They are a great example to us.”
Sponsors Vanessa and Nick van der Sommen (Netherlands)
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