Seeking Justice: Violence against Women and Girls

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

The documentary films (Seeking Justice: Violence against Women and Girls in Burundi) address access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). They have been developed by Impunity Watch (Burundi) in the framework of the Programme: “Strengthening the Gender-Sensitivity of the Justice Sector”. They reflect the obstacles and aspirations of victims in their quest for justice and draw on the results of research conducted in partnership with five local organisations that resulted in the Report entitled, La prise en compte des violences basées sur le genre au Burundi: Analyse des perceptions et obstacles. The films cover gender-based violence perpetrated against the civilian population and within rebel groups during Burundi’s civil war, as well as violence against women and girls perpetrated in post-conflict Burundi, whether it be within homes or beyond. The testimonies tackle different forms of GBV and their consequences, as well as the means to access justice, preventative measures, assistance to survivors and the search for truth, including through transitional justice mechanisms. With a pedagogical objective in mind, this Guide accompanies the documentaries and acts as a tool to raise awareness amongst communities, public institutions (local authorities, justice, police and health services) and other actors that combat GBV, so as to encourage people to mobilise in response to and for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

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