Deals & Cases | 19 Dec 2019
FRORIEP assisted the launch of a new global fund for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence
FRORIEP is proud to have assisted the launch of a new Global Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, a Swiss tax-exempt foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, which was announced on 30 October 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York by Pramila Patten, the UN’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC). More on the announcement here.
The Global Survivors Fund is built upon the advocacy of the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the work of the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation, Nadia’s Initiative and the voices of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence worldwide. The Global Survivors Fund is an innovative, survivor-centric mechanism whose mission is to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence have access to reparations and other forms of redress, globally. It will bring diverse stakeholders together in an innovative partnership to address the needs of survivors.
“The Global Survivors Fund is unique, because this is 100% survivor-centric. Survivors must be integral part of this process.” said Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor Nobel Peace Prize Winner with Dr Mukwege, both Board members of the new Fund. “Our meaningful insights should be involved”, said Nadia Murad. “Survivors need to be part of the solution.” Noting that the fund is not a substitute for justice, and that “criminals have to pay for their act”, Congolese gynecologist Dr. Mukwege, a vocal advocate against gender-based violence, said that “the Global Survivors Fund establishes a direct way for survivors to have access to reparations” and “will change individuals, families, and communities all around the world”.
The Fund will seek to establish a permanent pool of capital to support programs to assist survivors of conflict-related sexual violence access reparations and other forms of redress. The Fund aims to unleash USD 50-100 mio by 2022 for survivors of sexual violence. During the G7 meeting in August 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron announced France’s support by committing 6 million Euros to the Fund. EU Council President Donald Tusk also expressed the EU’s support by pledging 2 million Euros. The French and German governments and two private foundations provided the Fund with seed financing totaling 400,000 Euros in 2019.
If you would like to know more about this innovative fund, its organization, and how it works, please visit the dedicated website here.