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Tragedy and Triumph: Rwandan Women’s Resilience in the Face of Sexual Violence

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Sandra Ka Hon Chu,

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, CA
About Sandra

Sandra Ka Hon Chu is Senior Policy Analyst.

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Anne-Marie de Brouwer

Tilburg University, NL
About Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie de Brouwer is Associate Professor of international criminal law. She and Sandra Ka Hon Chu are the editors of The Men Who Killed Me: Rwandan Survivors of Sexual Violence, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2009 / De mannen die mij hebben vermoord: Rwandese overlevenden van seksueel geweld, Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2011. Proceeds of the book go to Rwandan survivors of sexual violence through the Mukome
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Abstract

An estimated 250,000 to 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide which took place over 17 years ago. Many survivors then had to deal with the shunning by their families and communities and diseases such as HIV.

Little attention has been paid to this situation, as prosecuting rape has not been a priority internationally, let alone at the national level.  Nevertheless, there exist a number of promising initiatives in Rwanda that signal a shift in how sexual violence is addressed.

How to Cite: Ka Hon Chu, S. and de Brouwer, A.-M., 2011. Tragedy and Triumph: Rwandan Women’s Resilience in the Face of Sexual Violence. Amsterdam Law Forum, 3(2), pp.203–205. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.183
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Published on 01 Apr 2011.

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