International Justice

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Join me on the Bridge

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One response to “Join me on the Bridge

  1. rmalesky March 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    In watching this video I can’t help but comment in that within our studies of justice we’re often left with the question “how do we help the victims?” We’re consistently trapped in arguments on what is best for allowing victims of heinous crimes to heal as well as bringing justice to those guilty but what really is the best way of doing so? Reparations are helpful as well as truth committees in bringing people knowledge on what occurred allowing for closure but what this organization, from what I have watched in this video, is the ability to bring these victims and bring these women who have been oppressed a feeling of empowerment which is often completely stripped away especially in cases of sexual assault. Also important to note about this organization it is cross border, multi-lingual and heavily incorporates women of color.

    The recent InvisibleChildren/KONY2012 campaign was heavily criticized for its apparent painting of victims of war crimes and the people of Uganda as people unable to help themselves requiring wealthier, developed nations to step in and solve the problem. Many felt that this held racist undertones as well as failing to empower people of color and those oppressed. Without spending a significant portion of time on critiquing the efforts of InvisibleChildren, I want to commend this organization. After overlooking their website and who they have partnered with for about an hour or so, I haven’t found something overly alarming in their mission statements, visions, or policies that would lead me to believe that Meet Me On The Bridge is a campaign to empower women and help promote gender equality throughout the world.

    “We are women from the DRC, we want the politicians, we want the international community to guarantee peace. We are standing here as women to say that we are tired of war.” I think this effort is a fantastic representation of civil society moving for equality as well as an opportunity for those women who have been victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity to have a voice in combatting that, possibly allowing even more so for the healing proces to begin, starting with the feelings of empowerment.

    To further the questioning, however, on the idea of “how do we help the victims?”, we have to ask how best the governmental organizations can do more. These NGO’s do a fantastic job at victim outreach and creating paths for empowerment but where are the organizations such as the ICC or the UN or even those state’s governments? Would these Governmental organizations do well to learn a lesson from the NGO’s? Can IGO’s actually implement these type of programs or are they consistently restrained by government budgets and layers of bureaucracy?

    Overall, however, I think that this type of empowerment is the best kind of justice and should they win their battle to gain voices and end the wars of which they’ve suffered through, their victory over what they’ve had to go through will seem even greater.

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