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 TG Foundation International Women’s Day 2018 Statement


When Tatiana Giraud (Founder, TG Foundation) started screening the Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo in 2008, she never would have imagined that 10 years on, the TG Foundation would still be raising awareness for women in DR Congo and that women’s causes in general would have reached the proportions that they have today.


Last year, International Women’s Day seemed to be the domain of charities and NGO’s, but over the past few months, the realisation, largely due to the events surrounding sexual assault and rape in Hollywood, has catapulted the issue of a lack of gender equality and protection for women and girls to the forefront of the news and media. Sexual assault or sexual violence is used in the workplace to control and dominate and in war zones to destroy and dismantle the fabric of society & communities.


TG Foundation dreamed that this day would come. There was a time when the TG Foundation would sit in parliamentary meetings with other charities and they would be outraged when asked not to use the word “rape” to describe what was happening in Congo. Thanks to movements like “me too” and “time’s up” those days are over. Women and girls can now call out sexual assault, sexual violence and rape for what it is; a criminal offense and crime against women and humanity. The TG Foundation and women’s rights causes have come a long way since the charity first started its work in 2008.


It is encouraging to see women and men coming together to call out perpetrators of these crimes, but we need to remember that this is not a trend and we need to remember that for every celebrity that says “time’s up” or “me too” there are literally millions of women who have no legal rights or recourse to tell their story to the World. We need to use the events of the last few months in Hollywood and the momentum that it has created to send a message to sexual predators everywhere that if they are tried in a court of law and found guilty of these crimes, they will face punishment. In order for the workplace and civil society in Congo and all over the World to protect women, we need local, national and international laws that protect all of our global society against sexual violence and women’s rights abuses of all types. It is only through solid judicial systems and strong governance that over the next decade we will see an end to these crimes. TG Foundation hopes that in 2028 when they celebrate their twentieth anniversary, they will be able to talk about convictions for perpetrators of sexual violence and assault and new laws in the workplace and other areas, that have helped to reduce the staggeringly high figure that 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Tatiana Giraud is one of the women who can say “me too” and TG Foundation knows that many women can say that. That is just wrong. Being a woman should not mean an automatic sentence to sexual assault, rape, female genital cutting or child marriage. Enough is enough!


TG Foundation would also like to mention some Hollywood actresses and celebrities who have been fighting for the women of Congo over the past few years way before the “time’s up” movement started. Robin Wright, Thandie Newton, Angelina Jolie, Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron and Rosario Dawson. These women helped Congo when it was not a trend to openly talk about women’s rights. Thanks to women like Eve Ensler and her organisation V-Day] (where Tatiana Giraud first found out about rape in Congo). Eve has done so much to help the renowned Congolese Gynecologist, Doctor Denis Mukwege and the tens of thousands of women that he has literally repaired after their rapes. We need more influential women to stand in solidarity with Congolese women and other women in warzones and say “time’s up” to sexual violence as a weapon of war. These women used their influence way before it was fashionable to do so, and we need many more to stand up and be a voice for voiceless women all over the World in order to see real lasting change.



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