The hallmark image of V-Day is a victim of sexual violence rising from the horror and dehumanization of being targeted to the recovery and empowerment of being a survivor. As millions of people will witness the "risings" this week initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler and replicated in film, dance, and other events throughout the world, I want to pay tribute to the courageous experts behind the scenes who are critical to this movement.
This month marks the anniversary of a terrible event: the October 2012 attempt on Dr. Denis Mukwege's life at his home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
On October 12, 2013, the African Union (AU) will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC). PHR – in conjunction with various other NGOs from around the world – is participating in the upcoming Thunderclap campaign encouraging the AU to #staywiththeICC.
Kenya became the first country to approve a motion to withdraw membership from the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday. While the potential withdrawal will not affect the charges already brought against leaders in Kenya, it sets a bad precedent for other countries party to the ICC, increases the likelihood of impunity, and leaves no recourse for future victims of violence.
Often referred to as the “rape capital of the world,” the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has yet to break free of its human rights crisis. In March of this year, our team of eight graduate students from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University traveled to the DRC to research access to justice for survivors of sexual violence.