On 13 December, SIPRI, together with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Karolinska Institutet, organized a strategic roundtable in honour of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Denis Mukwege. The discussion focused on identifying and assessing what the international community can do to address, and effectively respond to, sexual violence in conflict.
The roundtable was guided by Dr Mukwege’s presentation on two global initiatives: one on international reparations for victims of sexual violence and another on universal access to holistic care. The discussion brought together key actors and decision makers in Sweden from academia, civil society, government, healthcare and research.
Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board, participated in the discussion, along with Eva Svedling, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation; Ole Petter Ottersen, President of the Karolinska Institutet; and Esther Dingemans, Director of the Mukwege Foundation. The roundtable was moderated by SIPRI Director Dan Smith.
About the Mukwege Foundation
The Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation is an international human rights organization, dedicated to end rape as a weapon of war worldwide. Through international advocacy and country-based programmes, the foundation supports survivors in their struggle for recognition and their active participation in the development of international and national policies related to justice, peace and women’s rights. Read more about the foundation here.