Exploring the Memorialisation of Sexual Violence: an interview with Dr Harriet Gray

In this interview, Harriet Gray and Mike Spagat discuss the complexities of memorialising sexual violence, the importance of empowering survivors, and the role of female anger in challenging stigma and promoting change.

Promises not delivered: the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

As William Hague and Angelina Jolie officially opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict last week, they delivered a number of key messages. William Hague told watching media, the public, and civil society members, that impunity must end, and that there must be no ‘safe havens’ for perpetrators. We were told that […]

AOAV discusses victims rights and humanitarian disarmament in Geneva

Last week, during the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessional meetings in Geneva, Action On Armed Violence held a side event to present our new publication, “Writing the Rights: Highlighting the International Standards on the Rights of Victims of Armed Violence.” The side event familiarised the audience with the report and jumpstart […]

Countries in crisis: a new approach to rebuilding the future

Around the world, 1.5 billion people live in a place affected by conflict or violence, waiting, often for decades, for something more than a temporary respite from death and destruction. A definite end to conflict, however, is difficult to achieve. While negotiated endings, such as ceasefires and peace settlements, are rightly celebrated, the history of recent conflicts, […]

Promoting victims’ rights in Burundi: Audrey’s Story

Audrey Mugisha is a 23 year-old student who grew up in Cibitoke, an unstable province in north-western Burundi. At 8 years old, caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, Audrey was seriously injured by grenade shrapnel during an unprovoked attack on her house. Her injuries resulted in her left arm being amputated. Her mother […]

Supporting survivors in Burundi: Gloriose’s Story

While being carried on her mother’s back at the age of three, Gloriose and her mother were shot during the Burundian civil war. Gloriose’s left leg had to be amputated due to her wound becoming infected. Now 20 years old, Gloriose wants to become a nurse so that she can improve the way people with disabilities […]

In focus: Mario Alberto Quiñones, Coordinator of the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines, North Santander

AOAV: Can you explain what the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines does in your region?  Mario Alberto Quiñones: The Department of North Santander, the Departamento de Norte de Santander, is located approximately 16 hours away from the capital in Eastern Colombia, bordering Venezuela. It has the most active border in Colombia and is one of the four […]

Working with ex-combatants: a Burundi story

Générose, 36, is an ex-combatant. She was forced to join fighting to escape her abusive home. After the end of decades of armed violence in Burundi, Générose, like many other combatants, was demobilised and integrated into the regular armed forces and the police. Women survivors and women with disabilities in Burundi face serious challenges in […]

Jean-Baptiste Richardier

Jean-Baptiste Richardier Co-founder/Executive Director of Handicap International Handicap International was founded in 1982 by Jean-Baptiste Richardier and his wife to work with victims and survivors of landmines in Cambodia. Since then its 3,500 staff, located in more than 60 countries worldwide, have worked on areas ranging from mine risk education to advocating for the rights […]

Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction

In 2011, at least 526,000 people died violent deaths around the world. Over three-quarters of these occurred in non-conflict settings. A wide range of people around the globe are working to change this depressing reality. But who are these men and women who have dedicated their lives to making the world a safer place? Members of […]

WHO: 1 in 3 women are affected by physical or sexual violence

“35% of women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime”. That was the shock findings of the first-ever global report on violence against women released by the World Health Organization last week. It was a report that made for grim reading. It stated that 30% of violence perpetrated against women is at the hands of their ‘intimate’ partners. That a […]

Reparations: the price of genocide

Earlier this month it was reported that the German government is set to pay out 772 million euros ($1 billion) for the care of ageing Holocaust survivors. To many it’s a commendable gesture.  The new compensation, which will be handed out in stages between 2014 and 2017, is set to benefit a reported 56,000 people around […]