International workshop on sexual violence in wars

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 7:30 pm to Friday, 16 March 2018 - 8:00 pm
Human Silhouettes
Contact information
Contact person: 
Agatha Schwartz
Registration required: 
Registration details: 
March 13, 19:30 - Ticket at the door, pay what you can.
March 16, 15:00-20:00 - The workshop is free but registration is required.
Registration: Yana.M 
Cost to attend: 
Free of charge
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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Central and Eastern European Studies Research Group and the Studies in Migration Research Group are pleased to invite you to the  international workshop “21st Century Reflections on Sexual Violence in Wars, its Transgenerational and Transnational Impact” that will take place between March 13-16, 2018 at the University of Ottawa. Situating the phenomenon of sexual violence in wars within a broader context of violence against women, this special event explores the lasting and insufficiently explored effects of the violence on the survivors, their  communities and the children born of such violent acts. This three-day event features the internationally acclaimed Ottawa premiere of the play from South Africa, Cheers to Sarajevo, a theatre workshop on achieving truth through embodied art research, the screening of two international movies, and speakers and researchers discussing the profound impact of sexual violence in different geographic and historical contexts and across generations, with a focus on post-WWII Germany and post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina. The organizers and participants wish to raise awareness of  the magnitude of the problem, the omnipresent phenomenon of sexual violence, particularly against women, while also addressing and honouring the survivors' and the children's resilience in narrating and moving beyond their stories, so as to open up a space for post-conflict healing.