Video series: Multisectoral cooperation in action – effective service delivery to survivors
In Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) grantee implements a project to address gaps in medical and legal processes for survivors of sexual violence. PHR’s Programme on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones brings together the police, the health sector, law enforcement, judicial system and other stakeholders to document and preserve forensic evidence of sexual violence. By providing better services to survivors and documenting evidence, PHR is working to end impunity of perpetrators and to ensure survivors of sexual violence have access to justice.
Watch part-one of a new video series showing the results and successes of the growing PHR cohort of trained medical and legal professionals who are committed to gathering forensic evidence to support judicial processes.
Working together for survivors
Beginning in 2011, the UN Trust Fund invested in the inception of PHR’s Programme on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones and is currently funding its second generation of results. Since then, PHR trained 1,578 health, legal and law enforcement professionals across Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These providers served 42,162 survivors of sexual violence in the two countries.
These include 42 young girls in a small village called Kavumu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. PHR’s forensic medical evidence training served to great effect in collecting key evidence instrumental for convictions in the landmark Kavumu case. The second part of this video series, below, presents the successful application of skills acquired through PHR’s training, outlined in the first video, to achieve justice for women and girl survivors of sexual violence.
Ending impunity of perpetrators and achieving justice for victims