"Largely because of pressure from human rights advocates and women’s groups, organized or mass rape is increasingly being recognized and prosecuted as a weapon of war, not as a byproduct of it." - Marlise Simons, New York TimesRead More
News & Updates
William Hague and Angelina Jolie marked the launch of the London School of Economics' new Centre for Women, Peace, and Security by discussing the importance of academic research that will provide leading research on the use of rape in war. Citing the need to have a deeper understanding of sexual violence in conflict the two discussed the ways that the Centre will support sound policymaking, prevention strategies, and increasingly effective strategies to end impunity for perpetrators.
The bravery of the women of Sepur Zarco has led to the establishment, on October 14th, 2014, of groundbreaking national charges against perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict. They have fought and campaigned for years for legal prosecution against those who enslaved, sexual violated, and murdered their community. Their efforts have proved successful and a trial will be held.
From Luz Mendez in Americas Program:
"On Oct. 14, 2014 Guatemala’s Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled to open trial against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q’eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco and other serious crimes perpetrated in the framework of the government counterinsurgency policies during the armed conflict.
At the public hearing, Judge Miguel Angel Galvez ruled that there are sufficient elements for open the trial against colonel Esteelmer Reyes Girón, former chief of the Sepur Zarco military outpost, and Heriberto Valdéz Asij, former military commissioner in the region. Reyes will be judged for the crimes against humanity of sexual violence and sexual slavery, domestic slavery, and assassination of Dominga Coc and her two young daughters on the base. Valdez will face charges for crimes against humanity of sexual violence and forced disappearance."
Learn more: http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/13315
ART WORKS Projects was pleased to participate in the conference “Agency in Post-Conflict Societies – perspectives on issues of gender and agency for women and young people”, which featured both Women Between Peace and War: Afghanistan and a screening of THE PROSECUTORS first footage. The conference was organized by the Voices of Post-Conflict Project, an Edinburgh University student-led research collective aiming to shed light and inspire the bridging of perspectives on issues of agency and gender in post conflict situations.
THE PROSECUTORS was screened on October 4th in conjunction with the Policy Workshop: ‘How to improve agency in post-conflict societies: issues and perspectives on including survivors’ voices.’ Read more on the Voices of Post-Conflict Project blog.
THE PROSECUTORS on field notebooks and t-shirts - get the word out and tell the world why prosecuting sexual violence in conflict matters. Coming to the website soon!
Researchers Dara Kay Cohen, Amelia Hoover Green, and Elisabeth Jean Wood take us past assumptions so that we can understand the truth about sexual violence in conflict in this special report for USIP. Click here to learn more.