Why Rehabilitation is Vital for Survivors of Sexual Violence During Conflict

Article Date

25 November 2013

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Anne McPherson

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ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou blogs for The Guardian’s Poverty Matters on our new report, External Evaluation of the Trust Fund for Victims Programmes in Northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Towards a Perspective for Upcoming Interventions, which finds that programs supported by the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims are helping survivors of war crimes resume a normal life.

One woman who participated in the rehabilitation programs says she became stronger and returned to work for the sake of her children; another started to see herself as “equal to everyone else again.” The women and girls interviewed said they were able to resume a normal life, make plans for the future and resume school and work. Many attributed the ability to be economically active as the greatest contributor to their newfound positive mental health.

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