NGO PROOF’s Legacy of Rape exhibition in Geneva and Washington shows photographs and text documenting the stories of survivors of sexual violence.
"The Legacy of Rape" gives voice to those who have survived rape in conflict zones.
Rape has become one of the most prevalent weapons of war employed in countries worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of survivors of sexual violence from Nepal to Colombia now live in silence and shame without even the most basic services for treatment and mechanisms for accountability.
This project seeks to enhance the awareness within the international community and inspire action and accountability in policymaking at both the local and international levels. Target audiences include policymakers, academics, legal experts, and program specialists whose reach extends beyond the international stage to the field.
Eastern Congo, American Bar Association Legal clinics
U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
11th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
About the Exhibit
"The Legacy of Rape" is a moving series of first-hand accounts from women who have survived sexual violence during times of armed conflict.
In speaking out, women from Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina courageously highlight the impunity many perpetrators enjoy, while victims often have little recourse for justice. In doing so, they not only encourage others to speak out, but also make visible the need for policy changes at regional, national, and international levels.
About the Photographers
Laura Boushnak | Bosnia and Herzegovina
Laura Boushnak is a Palestinian photographer born in Kuwait. She began her photography career covering news for the Associated Press in Lebanon. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, and Le Monde.
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati | Nepal
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati is a Nepali photojournalist who lives in Kathmandu. She is documenting her country by focusing on a project titled "The New Nepal" and its dynamic struggle to find peace after the decade-long civil war (1996 to 2006). In 2007, NayanTara co-founded photo.circle; a photography collective that offers Nepali photographers a space to exhibit, publish, and market their work in Nepal, across the region, and internationally.
Pete Muller | Democratic Republic of Congo
Pete Muller is an award winning photojournalist and multimedia reporter based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work explores the challenges of nationalism, modern states, war, poverty, and social unrest.
Blake Fitch | Colombia
Blake Fitch works in fine art and documentary photography. Fitch has photographed extensively in the U.S. and Central and South America, focusing on themes of identity, rites of passage, civil rights, and belonging. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the collections of several museums.