Opening of Breaking the Silence: Turning Pain into Power

The Mukwege Foundation cordially invites you to attend the opening of the Breaking the Silence Photo Exhibition

Date: January 26, 2023
Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: The Hague Central Library, 4th Floor
Address: 68 Spui, 2511 BT, The Hague


Sexual violence is used as a tactic of war in conflicts around the world
It is increasingly recognised that conflict-related sexual violence is not random or opportunistic. It is a strategy used by armed groups fighting in conflicts worldwide for a range of reasons: to terrorise a civilian population, to persecute and destroy an ethnic group, as a ‘reward’ for combatants, or for financial gains.

Many societies shun and ostracise women and girls who have been raped, because of the shame associated with sexual violence. Consequently, victims and survivors are often excluded from society, losing their jobs and other opportunities to rebuild their lives and communities. If their needs are not addressed immediately, survivors may suffer physical and mental health problems.

Unfortunately, perpetrators of these crimes largely go unpunished, and judicial processes do not meet survivors’ needs. This cycle of impunity reinforces gender inequalities and normalises sexual violence, even after a conflict has ended, posing a threat to international peace and security.

Breaking the silence: Turning pain into power
Through this photo exhibition, Rachel Corner portrays the diversity, challenges, and resilience of victims and survivors of wartime sexual violence around the world. Together, the victims and survivors stand united before you - breaking the silence and stigmas about the violence that they have suffered.

Reserve a spot here.