AWARENESS & POLITICAL ADVOCACY

Since the Yazidi Genocide in 2014, HÁWAR.help has been advocating for the rights of people who are persecuted, discriminated, or marginalized. Our awareness-raising work is aimed at actors and decision-makers in politics, business and academia, as well as broader sections of European and global society. We organize events such as the HÁWAR.help Human Rights Award 2017, give guest lectures on European and international stages, participate in conferences such as at the United Nations, as well as consulting politicians and decision-makers on women’s empowerment issues. In doing so, we develop collaborative solutions to promoting more open societies characterized by tolerance, empathy and solidarity. We understand the power of storytelling and visibility and are not afraid to present the issues we care about in a media-effective way.

ISSUES FOR WHICH WE STAND UP FOR…

  • Legally binding recognition by governments worldwide of past as well as ongoing genocides and ethnocidal campaigns against ethno-religious minorities.
  • International prosecution of suspects accused of committing crimes against humanity and using sexual violence as a weapon of war. We demand action according to the principle: “No safe haven for the perpetrators and no impunity”.
  • WHAT IS GENOCIDE?

    A genocide is the attempt to "destroy, directly or indirectly, all or part of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group as such". Since the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948, this "crime of crimes" is a criminal offence under international criminal law that cannot be time-barred.
  • WHAT IS ETHNOCIDE?

    Ethnocide refers to the attempt to destroy the cultural identity of a particular ethnic group, but without killing its members, as would be the case with genocide. This is achieved by banning and/or destroying the group's respective language, culture, religion, economic practices, and form of rule.
  • SEXUAL VIOLENCE AS A WEAPON OF WAR

    For centuries, sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war. Unfortunately, this cruel tactic used to shame and torture victims is still considered a taboo subject to this day. Rape, abuse, forced prostitution, sterilization, or forced abortion are some of the tactics used in this method. Rape is carried out systematically in order to harm the rival group because by raping the woman, families are shattered.

… AND WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO STAND IN FOR:

  • Structural, financial and psychosocial support for particularly vulnerable women and children who want to rebuild their lives in a self-determined manner and without fear. This can be achieved through:
    • Combating the root causes of human flight and displacement and by empowering women on the ground
    • Special quota programs for survivors identified as particularly vulnerable
    • Educational campaigns & political advocacy
  • Women should be recognized as “agents of change” both within European society as well as within development contexts and given a place and a voice at the decision-making table. No girl in the world should be afraid to seize opportunities and think big.

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