|Chouchou NAMEGABE Coordinator of AFEM SK|
During two days, from september 24 to september 25, 2011 students wad informed of facts of recent history in eastern DRC, from 1994 to 1998, strategies and causes, they understanding some survivor's testimony, consequences and damages suffered by victims, other forms of sexual violence, responses to sexual violence: what is done, women, media and Sexual Gender Based Violences, a way forward for activists.
Respect to the organisation of women, the Director of AFEM explained that women's organisations raise their voices, given the dramatic magnitude of rape cases and atrocities.
the atrocities that accompany such violence reflect the intention of the attackers; "scare through the bodies of women use women's bodies as battlefields".
One of survivor's testimony " I was severely burned and, as this was not enough, they began to treat me like their wive. After our release, some of us were infected with HIV AIDS or syphilis. It was in Walikale that I've undergone this inhumane treatment by Rwandan soldiers." Panzi hospital in 2010 has identified 2681 cases(out patients) + 517 cases (interns) +202 cases (mobile clinic). Among the way forward for activists is to support integrated community-based reintegration without stigmatization of survivors, promote the empowerment of women, develop locally owned protection and prevention mechanisms,improve ownership and capacities of the government for increased coordination and complementarity etc..