Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation



Name of organization/institution

Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation

Website URL


Organization details

Civil Society Organization

Description of your organization/institution

The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation is an international non-profit human rights organisation, established in 2016 and with offices in the Netherlands, Geneva and Bangui. It works together with survivors of wartime sexual violence from around the world to ensure sexual violence as a weapon of war is no longer tolerated, and bears consequences for individual perpetrators and states. It works for a future where survivors receive the holistic care and compensation they need to rebuild their lives. It creates opportunities for survivors to speak out and be heard, and where they can organise to create change, influence policies, and demand justice and accountability. It has three pillars of activity 1. Voice – accompaniment and support for survivor-led activism and advocacy; 2. Care – the expansion and transfer of the model of holistic care to CRSV survivors pioneered at Panzi Hospital DRC in other conflict-affected settings; and 3. Justice – advocacy for survivor-centred (transitional) justice and accountability.

Description of your main WPS related activities

Our programmes align with and contribute to 3 of the 4 WPS pillars Response - we develop and implement one-stop-centre, holistic assistance programmes for survivors of conflict-related SGBV, as called for in Resolution 2467, which enable a South-South transfer of knowledge and skills, and we work across the African Great Lakes Region, in Iraq and in Ukraine to develop and roll out Training of Trainers and Master Trainer programmes to enhance the awareness and skills of a range of actors providing assistance to survivors about holistic, survivor-centred care; Participation - we support national survivor-led networks with resources, technical advice, training and other forms of accompaniment to pursue their own advocacy and awareness-raising activities around justice, WPS themes, and other issues determined by survivors; we connect these networks and other survivors in a global network for high-level advocacy to change the collective response to sexual violence in conflict; Prevention - we organise and implement advocacy campaigns and activities which challenge impunity and call for greater accountability at state level and in the international community to prevent sexual violence in conflict.

Strategic outcome

1. Participation - More women hold leadership positions, and women participate equally and meaningfully in decision-making processes at every level in the interests of peace and security, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, protection.

3. Protection - Women and girls, as well as men and boys, in and from conflict situations, are protected against all forms of conflict-related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. Their rights are safeguarded and enforceable.

4. Relief, reconstruction and recovery - Meet the needs and contribute to the empowerment of women and girls

Sub-outcome 1

1.1 Enhanced enabling conditions for equal and meaningful participation of women and girls.

1.2 Support for meaningful participation women- and diaspora organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders who work on women’s rights and gender equality

Sub-outcome 3

3.1 Women and girls have access to security and justice systems.

3.2 Impunity for violent offences against women and girls combatted.

Sub-outcome 4

4.1 Women’s and girls’ physical, mental and psychosocial health is improved both inside and outside of humanitarian and fragile situations.

4.3 Humanitarian response is conflict-sensitive, gender-sensitive and gender-responsive and, where possible, gender-transformative, with local women’s organisations and networks at the forefront.

What type of investments will you make to contribute to the selected outcome(s)?

Advocacy, Progammitic


Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Burundi, CAR, Colombia, DRC, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Nepal, Rwanda, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine and Zimbabwe

What is the time frame for your pledged outcome(s) and investment(s)

5 years - 2025