What do you see, Ms Lot?

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On sexualised violence experienced by girls, boys and women – against the protection of perpetrators

Girls and women, but also boys, experience sexualised violence in different ways, both in Germany as well as in other countries and regions. A crime that is often suppressed and still a social taboo.
The consequence: most, male, perpetrators go unpunished. An exhibition project by three Bremen female artists approaches this delicate issue in an unusual and sensitive way: In cooperation with the Gunda Werner Insitute at the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Wildwasser e.V. and Tauwetter e.V. projects, the artists seek to break the silence and combat sexualised violence. A comprehensive side programme including expert discussions and guided tours, also available for school classes as of 10th grade, will allow visitors to engross themselves in the issues at hand. – The 30th anniversary of the Wildwasser e.V. project in Berlin marks the occasion for the project.

An audio description will also be available to give blind and visually impaired visitors a chance to experience the exhibition. Furthermore, there will be two guided sign language tours.

Opening: Monday 25 November 2013, 6 pm

25 November 2013 to 14 January 2014
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 8 pm
(Sa/So, Hollidays, Christmas until Silvester closed)

The Gunda Werner Institute cordially invites: Tuesday 10 December 2013 6pm:

Film screening & Panel Discussion
Sexualised violence against children is a problem of society – all over the world.

It is a taboo almost everywhere; survivors are left to their own devices. In the context of the «What do you see, Ms Lot?» exhibition project from 25 November 2013 to 14 January 2014 and to mark the International Day of Human Rights, an event organised by the Gunda-Werner-Institute will focus on the issues of forced recruitment and use of children in wars by means of sexualised violence.

In the last decade alone, boys and girls in at least 20 countries have been forced to take to arms. Child soldiers are deemed to be particularly eager combatants. Furthermore, they are exploited as cheap workers and sex slaves. Sexualised violence against children is also used by militias and regular troops as a means to demoralise the opponent.
The documentary «Lost Children» (2005) portrays four child soldiers between 8 and 14 years old who are looking for a new life as children after escaping from rebel camps in Uganda. The panel discussion explores questions like: What are the International Community, the EU and the Federal Government able and obliged to do to combat the recruitment of children? How can they contribute to their coming to terms with their experience of violence?
6 pm Film
«Lost Children» (excerpts, appr. 75 min)
7.30 Panel Discussion
Grace Arach, Social Worker, Caritas Gulu, Coordinator of the Foundation of Women Affected by Conflict (FOWAC), Uganda
Janel Galvanek, Berghof Foundation, Berlin
Suzana Sutiakova, Adviser of European External Action Service, Brussels
Theo Hollander, Center for Conflict Studies Utrecht, Member of the Refugee Law Project, Uganda
Agnieszka Brugger, MP Alliance 90/The Greens (invited)
Chaired by: 
Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich Boell Foundation
Final Panel Discussion Berlin, Tuesday 14, January 2014 at 7 pm
«In search of the causes of sexualised violence»