Dr. Monika Hauser of Medica Mondiale, Cologne about the experience of justice, impunity, law enforcement strategies, as well as a general and specific review of the work of the International Criminal Court on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary on 1 July 2012.
Co-organized by Sabanc› University Gender and Women’s Studies Forum and Central European University, the conference looked at how war and political violence are remembered from the perspective of gender. The conference, supported by the Heinrich Boell Stiftung Turkey Representation, hosted 46 feminist academics as speakers or panelists, and 200 participants from 22 countries.
The 26 April 2012 was a day of celebration for many people in Sierra Leone. They celebrated the verdict passed by the special criminal tribunal in The Hague in the case against the former warlord and former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor.
Through six testimonies of women abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), ‘No Longer Silent’ highlights their experience in returning to their communities and rebuilding their lives. Access to housing and land, as well as food security and the desire for their children to receive an education, are amongst their primary challenges and concerns. The documentary exposes the shortcomings of the current Peace, Recovery and Development Plan of the Ugandan Government which has to date not included women as beneficiaries in the reconstruction programmes.
The strides that international penal law has undergone over the past twenty years are remarkable. However, in terms of investigating and prosecuting sexual violence as international crimes, significant shortcomings are still apparent.
Germans are responsible for two world wars costing millions of lives – not to mention countless injured, displaced and traumatised people. This was ultimately only possible because, in the decades leading up to these world wars, extreme forms of militarised masculinity called the shots.
Ways must be identified through which men can recognise what benefits they reap if they stop using violence. For they will only support women's interests if they are convinced that there is something in it for them. The question is therefore in what ways other than through violence + control can they experience respect! The slogan must therefore be that only “a weak man finds it necessary to use violence to get what he wants“.
What does “militarised masculinity” mean? How does it affect armed conflicts and post-conflict situations? How can this problem be addressed? These were the core issues of an expert talk held in Berlin in 2011.
Apart from speakers from South Africa and discussion participants from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and a number of German non-governmental organisations, particularly from the field of peace and conflict studies, also took part.
In recent years, concepts of Transitional Justice have been becoming increasingly important in the context of coming to terms with societies’ past conflicts. The aim is to achieve reconciliation or at least an improvement in relations between the parties that were involved in the conflict, and to find a way for an often divided society to find peaceful forms of coexistence and thus prevent future conflicts.
The "SALMA campaign" calls for increased gender equality and improved social and legal position of women in the Arab world, focusing on Egypt, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The name SALMA was chosen by the partner organizations reflecting the network vision; Salma stands for “strong and healthy woman, living in a peaceful society, free from violence and discrimination.”. Here you find it's final report on activities implemented during January 2007-December 2009.
"We died a long time ago: Changing the Lens on how Karamoja is viewed" aims to initiate a public debate and to "Change the lens" through which the region is viewed. The main emphasis here is the disarming-process and the proposed settledness of the Karimojong.
One Man Can deals with three interconnected epidemics that are somewhat ravaging our country, our continent and the universe. I am talking about violence against women and children, HIV/AIDS and our silence two the two epidemics. To do justice it becomes important for me to share the hard facts about South Africa
The campaign Combating Violence Against Women “Life without Violence and Discrimination is Possible” has been started by ten women organizations and hundreds of activists in eight Arab countries in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation. Young directors were targeted as agents of change using alternative social media to lobby for combating violence against women in Egypt. See one of these produced short films here.