October 2013 | In November 2013, WITNESS will launch a six-part video series to accompany our recently released Guide to Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. The release of the videos will coincide with this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign.
September 2013 | WITNESS’ Sam Gregory presented our gender-based violence work and training materials at a Futures Without Violence Summit on how we can use improved technology and communication to bring an end to gender-based violence. We’re also gearing up for November’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and finishing our six-part video series that we will release for the event.
August 2013 | Through a multi-year partnership with Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, we have been able to train 37 women’s rights activists over the course of three trainings. In addition to the trainings, five groups were selected for intensive long-term video advocacy campaign partnerships. As WITNESS winds down our network partnership work, we wanted to spotlight some of video advocacy campaigns that have been produced as a result of this work.
July 2013 | Politically-motivated sexual violence erupted throughout Zimbabwe as a result of highly contested national elections in 2008. Local organizations estimate that state-sanctioned groups abducted, raped, tortured, and beat over 2,000 women and girls because of their political affiliations.
May 2012 | WITNESS teamed up with its partners to create “Our Plea,” a video about two young female survivors of sexual violence perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic.
September 2010 | WITNESS will embark on a new strategic vision which includes shifting the way that we work. We will no longer partner exclusively with individual human rights groups, but we will begin working with networks of human rights organizations working together on coordinated campaigns. The network campaign partnership model will allow us to seize a new opportunity to tap into existing networks working collectively on an issue (or in a complementary way) nationally, regionally, or internationally.