The Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation is an international human rights organization based in The Hague that is committed to ending the use of rape as a weapon of war. It has established SEMA – The Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence. SEMA, which means ‘speak out’ in Swahili, brings together victims and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence from more than 15 different countries around the world. The Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation is also developing an International Reparations Initiative aimed at delivering reparative justice to victims and survivors, their families and communities around the world. Dr Denis Mukwege is a gynaecologist who founded the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of its holistic model, the Panzi Hospital has provided medical treatment and other services (including legal advice and socio-economic support) to more than 50,000 rape victims in the country. In 2018, Dr Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Director: Esther Dingemans
Address: Laan van Meerdervoort 70,
2517 AN The Hague,
Tel: +31 (0)70 364 88 14
Snaga Žene is a Bosnian NGO that is based in Tuzla, in the north-east of BiH. Led by Dr Branka Antić-Štauber, it was founded in 1999. The organization has worked extensively with women in Srebrenica who lost husbands and sons during the 1995 genocide. It also offers support to women (and a small number of men) who suffered rape and other sexual abuses during the Bosnian war, regardless of their ethnicity. Branka and her team are regularly in the field and they work in many different locations across BiH, from Brčko District and Tuzla to Modriča, Srebrenica, Višegrad and Mostar. Offering a comprehensive range of services, from medical care and legal advice to psychological and social support, Snaga Žene is committed to economically empowering women. Through its occupational therapy programme, it has provided women in Srebrenica and survivors of sexual violence with, inter alia, greenhouses, agricultural equipment, solar fruit-drying machines and seeds. Its ‘green network’ provides an opportunity for women in different parts of BiH to interact with each other, sell their produce and earn an income.
Director: Dr Branka Antić-Štauber
Address: Slanac bb, Tuzla, 75000, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tel: +387 (0) 35 314-340/ (0) 35 314 741
Centre for Democracy and Transitional Justice (CDTP)
The CDTP’s work centres on the development of transitional justice, the establishment of the rule of law and the building of a democratic society and permanent peace in BiH and the Western Balkans. It is an active member of the Coalition for RECOM; the Coalition is committed to the establishment of a Regional Commission Tasked with Establishing the Facts about All Victims of War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations Committed on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia in the period from 1991-2001. The CDTP is dedicated to research and the collection of facts and information about war crimes and all forms of violations of human rights, regardless of the ethnic, social or religious background of the victims. Its chief aim is to promote transitional justice and to show its importance for democratisation and the realisation of human rights in BiH and the Western Balkans region. Currently, it is working on the project Mapping Detention Camps in B&H, 1992-1995, in co-operation with its partner organisation (Transitional Justice, Accountability and Remembrance in BiH) in Sarajevo.
Director: Zlatica Gruhonjić
Address:Kralja Petra II Karađorđevića 7, 78000 Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Telephone: +387 51 316 590
Udruženje Prijedorčanki Izvor
Izvor was established in 1996 to assist and empower women who were living in Sanski Most as war refugees. Since 2005, it has been working in Prijedor, in Republika Srpska, and its main goals are dealing with the past, building a culture of remembrance, providing psychological support to survivors of war trauma and promoting mental health in the community through the organization of workshops, conferences and the publication of research reports. It also follows war crimes cases in local courts in BiH and offers vital support to witnesses. Izvor published the Book of Missing Persons from Prijedor, which contains all data regarding killed and missing persons from the Bosnian war.
Address: Muharema Suljanovića 52, 79101 Prijedor, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tel: +387 52 215 635
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the following individuals are also involved in the project:
Dr Devla Baraković
Dr Baraković is a neuropsychiatrist who acquired the title of Primarius Doctor in 2011. She obtained a Master's degree in 2012, focused on the topic of war trauma. Since 2001, Dr Baraković has been working in the Neuropsychiatry department in the municipal hospital in Brčko District in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as the head of the Psychiatry division. She is currently researching for a PhD.
Profamilia is a private non-profit organization with 52 years of experience in promoting and guaranteeing the sexual andreproductive rights of the most vulnerable and poorest sections of the Colombian population.
The organisation’s work covers the following five key areas: 1) Provision of sexual and reproductive healthcare services, 2) Distribution of contraceptive and sexual healthcare supplies 3) Implementation of comprehensive sexuality education programmes targeting girls, boys, adolescents, youth, parents and teachers, through face-to-face processes or the virtual platform EDUCA, 4) Development of socio-demographic quantitative and qualitative research, including the National Demography and Health Survey and 5) Advocacy for political and social change in relation to sexual and reproductive rights, including the development of the National Policy on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights 2014 – 2021 for the Ministry of Health.
Executive Director: Marta Royo
Research and Projects Manager: Luz Janeth Forero
Address: Dirección Calle 34 No. 14-52, Bogotá, Colombia
Tel. (57) 1 339 09 00 Ext 600.
The Pacifist Route of Women
The Pacifist Route of Women (Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres) was established in 1996 as a response to the serious violence experienced by women in conflict zones, both rural and urban. A feminist, pacifist and anti-militarist movement, it works for a negotiated resolution of the armed conflict in Colombia and seeks to make visible the impact of the war on the lives and bodies of women. The membership of the Pacific Route of Women is extremely diverse. There are Afro-Colombian women, women from indigenous communities, raizales (a Protestant Afro-Caribbean ethnic group), students, trade unionists and campesinas (women from rural areas). Some of them have been victims of the armed conflict. The women represent 300 different organizations – including feminist organizations, women’s networks for sexual and reproductive rights, women’s ecological organizations and artists’ organizations – and they reach out to nearly 10,000 women in more than 142 municipalities (in 18 departments) of Colombia.
In 2012, the Pacifist Route of Women published the results of the research Commission of Truth and Memory of Women Victims of the Armed Conflict. Focused on 1,000 female survivors of the armed conflict, it looks at how the conflict has affected these women, how they have coped and what they need in terms of reparative justice. The report is ground-breaking because it resulted from the work of the women themselves. It also offers an important resource for any future truth-seeking processes.
Address: Carrera 53 # 59-85 Barrio Quirinal, Bogotá, Distrito Capital, Colombia
Tel: (57) 1 716 9947
In Colombia, the following individuals are also involved in the project:
Luz María Londoño F.
Luz María Londoño studied Psychology at the Javeriana University of Bogotá and specialized in Social Research at the University of Antioquia. She has been an associate researcher at the Institute of Regional Studies (part of the University of Antioquia) for more than 15 years, during which she has worked extensively on the subject of women and armed conflict. She has been involved in several research projects related to the problems of women combatants and ex-combatants and women victims. In addition to her research activity, she has worked as a consultant at the national and international level in the areas of sexual education, sexual and reproductive health, sexual violence and the development of women from rural and urban sectors.
Facilitation for Peace and Development
Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD) is a Ugandan NGO founded in 2004. It is based in Lira, northern Uganda, and directly works with communities in Lango sub region to enhance livelihoods and sustainable peace. The organization works across five strategic thematic areas, namely: legal aid, child protection, sexual and gender-based violence, food & income security and accountability in governance. FAPAD’s beneficiaries include post-conflict communities and ex-combatants of the rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in the districts of Alebtong, Amolatar, Apac, Dokolo, Kole, Lira, Otuke and Oyam.
Address: Plot 2, Kyoga road, PO Box 73, Lira, Uganda
Tel: +256 20 090 0940