Added: April 8, 2017 – Last updated: April 8, 2017
Author: Anne Wolff
Title: What About Those Who Lived?
Subtitle: Justice for Rwandan Women Survivors
Journal: Women Leading Change: Case Studies on Women, Gender, and Feminism
eISSN: 2471-3902 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal
Link: Tulane University (Free Access)
Abstract: »Muramutse (mu-gar-a-mute-se) is a morning greeting that directly translates to “Did you survive the night?” With almost one million people killed and half a million women raped over the course of 100 days in Rwanda, it is no wonder that asking if you have survived the night is commonplace. Some Rwandans did survive the night and came forward to seek justice after the 1994 Genocide. The international community worked toward seeking justice for victims of this atrocity. However, constructing a solution to widespread rape in a culture that views rape as adultery proved difficult if not impossible. With immense effort, a solution was forged for the women who survived, but whether or not justice has been served remains debatable. The women of Rwanda continue to question the status of peace in their dayto-day lives. The response is tentative and forced: “Namahoro?” (Is there peace?). Echoed soberly, “Namahoro” (There is peace). This case demonstrates the complexity of this issue and actions taken to create a just response for victims and survivors.« (Source: Women Leading Change)