The war in the former Yugoslavia was characterised by the high incidence
of atrocities committed against civilians, particularly women. The UN Security Council
citing "massive, organised and systematic detention and rape" condemned
against women, particularly Muslim women in Bosnia- Herzegovina"
camps' were part of the appalling 'ethnic cleansing' strategy.
When women refugees began to tell of the existence of rape camps, they
urged WomenAid to "tell the world" of the human rights violations. They said
call us victims - we are survivors."
In response, WomenAid organised the 'Tell the
World Campaign', a major international human rights
campaign, which drew attention to the appalling atrocities being committed against defenceless
women and children.
WomenAid psychologists, worked closely with refugee women's groups to
provide counselling, individual and group therapy, to traumatised refugee
women who had suffered
rape, violence, and intimidation. Many had been incarcerated in the notorious 'rape'
'It is our privilege to thank you for raising
public awareness about the tragedy befalling our people in Bosnia-Herzogovina. We
appreciate your time and expertise in this matter. We also want to acknowledge the
humanitarian aid of medical supplies and food made by your organisation, WomenAid'
Department for Humanitarian Aid,
Government of Bosnia
Refugees collecting WomenAid emergency relief grants.
We often mention you. The women say you
provided the right help for them. They praise you and they are grateful to you for your
efforts and endeavour.
(Women of Bosnia-Herzegovina)
'Your efforts in the field of human rights
particularly in furthering the rights of women, are impressive and deserve all the support
UN Centre for Human Rights.