Official Film Video Segment:
January 11, 2012
By Violeta Krasnić, Program
Director for Europe and
In theaters now, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war that killed 100,000 and displaced half of country’s four million people in the early 1990s. The film tells the story of two Bosnians from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict, bringing into focus the use of rape as a weapon of war.
While war rape has been recorded throughout the history, it was the Bosnian war that opened the eyes of the world to the scale of sexual violence crimes inflicted on women because of their gender.
Like the main character, Ajla, an artist and a Muslim, women of
Underreported even in peacetime, and notorious for being the cheapest war weapon, rape was used to tear families and communities apart. It is because of the courage and resilience of women survivors who came forward to testify that the international civil society campaigned for the recognition and prosecution of war rape under international law. As a result, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) became the first tribunal ever to prosecute war rape as an independent crime against humanity.
Nevertheless, nearly 20 years later, justice is yet to be achieved for
many women living in
Further, as women’s organizations have documented, the continuum of violence and discrimination against women the years of war and military conflict have proven that violence against women precedes wars, escalates during, and increases in the aftermath of such conflicts. When state institutions falter in efforts to provide for safety, human security, and justice, civil society and women’s organizations, many of them Global Fund for Women grantees, step in to provide needed services and political platform.
Global Fund has been grantmaking in the countries of former
Recently launched Women’s Court for the Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia is an example of groundbreaking effort in achieving gender justice, accountability, and peace. A network of seven women’s groups from four countries, Women’s Court intends to establish a new, alternative, and safe political space for women’s vision of justice in communities to become reality.