Healing Female War Victims

Published: Wednesday, 05/23/2007 12:00 am EDT

The Coalition for Women's Human Rights in Conflict Situations has launched a campaign to underscore the impact of gender-based violence such as systematic rape, forced prostitution, and sexual mutilation. Ariane Brunet, the coalition's founder, contends that for victimized women and girls, recovery hinges on access to justice. "Development without reparation is total dishonesty," she said. Representatives of the international coalition, which is headquartered in the Montreal-based Rights and Democracy, will meet with government officials in upcoming weeks to try to get Canada to be the first state to sign the Nairobi Declaration on Women' s and Girls' Right to Remedy and Reparation.

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