There is no excuse for courts to fail the victims of sexual violence. As Physicians for Human Rights has demonstrated in its work in eastern Congo, doctors, nurses, police investigators, prosecutors, and judges can work together to support evidence-based prosecutions for crimes of sexual violence. The ICC should know better. The ICC should do better.
Unfortunately for now, sexual and domestic violence is a year round thing -- so let's make sure that #survivorloveletter project continues to be a year round space as a reminder for all of us to celebrate survivors, educate our country with powerful messages and stories in hopes of undoing America's rape culture.
Once in a while in the U.S. we hear about a bill or a law that seems like it must be a joke. These examples might seem silly and inconsequential, but even so, at their core, they speak to very discriminatory ideas about gender, authority and rights that manifest themselves in much more dangerous ways all over the world.
I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.