How we work
Global Survivors Fund (GSF) advocates to make the right to reparation of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) a reality. We influence national and international policy agendas to prioritise reparations and advocate for duty-bearers and the international community to take responsibility for their obligation to implement and fund survivor-centric reparations programmes.
At the national level, we work with survivor organisations and civil society to support their advocacy efforts to raise awareness, strengthen reparation policies and practice, and challenge governments to embrace their responsibility to act.
Our advocacy priorities are for duty-bearers, international, and national stakeholders to:
Recognise that the needs and right to reparation of CRSV survivors must be addressed urgently, and operationalise and resource reparation programmes, even whilst conflict is ongoing.
Recognise co-creation as a global standard of survivors’ participation for effective and adequate reparation.
Recognise that reparation is possible and affordable and can, in particular, be financed through repurposing of seized assets from perpetrators.
Include children as rights-holders
Explicitly address the right to reparation of children affected by CRSV, including education as a form of reparation, in reparation policies, strategies and programmes.
Our advocacy impact
Following the Kinshasa Survivors’ Hearing on Reparations held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in November 2021, GSF supported the development of the Kinshasa Declaration on the Rights to Reparation and Co-Creation of Survivors and Victims of Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. This Declaration, drafted by CRSV survivors from a range of African countries with the support of civil society organisations working with them, sets out their vision for all survivors of CRSV. To build on this initiative, GSF is supporting projects by CRSV survivors from across the continent with the aim of implementing the Declaration in their countries. In parallel, our 2022 high-level United Nations (UN) General Assembly event put co-creation on the international agenda.