Human Rights Law Centre

Human Rights Film Series presents The Man Who Mends Women

A41 Sir Clive Granger Building
Monday 7th March 2016 (18:15-21:00)


Winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014, Doctor Mukwege is  known internationallly as the man who mends thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest countries on the planet, despite its extremely rich sub-soil. His endless struggle to put an end to these atrocities and denounce the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators is not welcome. At the end of 2012, Doctor Mukwege  was the target of yet another attempt on his life, which he miraculously survived. Threatened with death, this doctor with an exceptional destiny now lives cloistered in his hospital in Bukavu under the protection of United Nations peacekeepers. However he is no longer alone in his struggle. The women to whom he has restored physical integrity and dignity, stand beside him, true activists for peace, hungry for justice.

Sexual violence against women has been used as a weapon of war in many regions of the world. This film seeks to raise global awareness of the issue by showing us the true life stories of the women in DRC. Despite the continued efforts by individuals like Dr. Mukwege, what actions have been taken by national and local governments? What has the international community done?

The film will be introduced by Professor Olympia Bekou, head of HRLC's International Criminal Justice Unit, who has recently returned from her fifth trip to the DRC where she presented a report on Prioritising International Sex Crimes in the DRC.   

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The Human Rights Film Series is a student-led Human Rights Law centre initiative open to staff and students of the University of Nottingham. It shows engaging and provocative films which bring challenging human rights issues to life. The context of each film is briefly introduced by a relevant expert followed by discussion. Screenings are organised by a student committee and are free and open to all staff and students.

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