WITNESS has a long history of working with grassroots partners focused on gender-based violence issues as diverse as sex workers rights in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, feminicide in Mexico, discrimination against Akhdam women in Yemen, child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and women targeted by political violence in Zimbabwe.
From 2010–2013, WITNESS partnered with Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice on a campaign to end gender-based violence in armed conflict and post conflict situations. During this campaign we trained more than 10 organizations from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda, leading to the completion of five videos that have been screened for several target audiences within national governments and the international criminal justice community.
Building on the knowledge gained from these previous partnerships and collaborations, we are currently working to develop and distribute resources like the Guide to Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and its accompanying video series. We are committed to providing these tools, both in online space and through in-person trainings, to enable a growing number of GBV activists around the world to use video to further the rights of women and girls — and to do so safely, ethically and effectively.