Tirsdag 21. mai kl. 15:15 organiserer FOKUS og JURK et åpent møte med Ana Donis fra partnerorganisasjonen vår Mujeres Transformando el Mundo (MTM) fra Guatemala på Kulturhuset i Oslo. MTM er en av feministorganisasjonene som fikk den historiske Sepur Zarco-saken opp for retten i Guatemala der to offiserer fra militæret ble dømt for forbrytelser mot menneskeheten mot 15 urfolkskvinner som ble holdt i seksuelt slaveri under borgerkrigen i landet. Nå prøver noen å gi overgriperne amnesti, noe som vil utgjøre en stor sikkerhetsrisiko for Sepur Zarco-kvinnene. Kom for å høre mer om hvordan MTM jobber for å sikre at dette ikke skjer.
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Sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights violations of our time. A staggering one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. In times of conflict, existing inequalities often magnify, and social structures break down, making women and girls more vulnerable to gender-based violence. Sexual violence is often part of the strategy in violent conflicts.
In the lead-up to the Oslo Conference on Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Crises, FOKUS - Forum for Women and Development and JURK - Legal counseling for Women, are hosting a conversation with Ana Donis from the Guatemalan women's rights organization Mujeres Transformando el Mundo (MTM) at Kulturhuset in Oslo.
MTM is one of the feminist organizations that presented the landmark Sepur Zarco case to the justice system in Guatemala. In 2016, 34 years after they were forced into sexual slavery in the small village of Sepur Zarco by the Guatemalan military during the armed conflict in the country, 15 indigenous women finally received justice when two former military officers were convicted of crimes against humanity on counts of rape, murder and slavery in a historic verdict.
MTM states that transformative reparation is the last step of justice and critically important for survivors as it can break the cycle of violence. However, recent events in Guatemala are putting the work of MTM and other feminist organizations at risk. Ensuring that the government follows up on their obligations so that the Sepur Zarco grandmothers can receive transformative reparation remains a continuous struggle. Indeed, in 2019 a law seeking to grant amnesty to war criminals from the armed conflict has been discussed by the Guatemalan Congress. If passed, this law would lead to the release of the two military officers convicted in the Sepur Zarco case, which would in turn pose a severe security risk for the Sepur Zarco grandmothers.
The conversation will be moderated by Ingeborg Fjeldstad from JURK.