Opening ceremony of the 1st Congress of the International Mukwege Chair
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Dr Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Professor Françoise Tulkens, former judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, open the 1st Congress of the International Mukwege Chair.
From Wednesday 13 to Friday November 15, the University of Liège is organising the 1st Congress of the Mukwege International Chair on "Violence against women and girls in conflict", which was inaugurated in 2018 at ULiège. This Congress will bring together scientists from all walks of life as well as NGOs and associations active in the field around a central question: how to give a future to women and children victims of sexual violence in conflicts ?
At the beginning of this scientific symposium, a ceremony is held open to all (upon registration), at the Amphitheatres Europe, on the Sart Tilman campus.
Program of the opening ceremony
- Speech by Virginia Gamba de Potgieter, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations,
- Video intervention by David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament
- Opening speech by Doctor Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Honorary President of the Mukwege Chair
- Conference by Professor Françoise Tulkens, Professor Emeritus (UCLouvain), Former Judge at the European Court of human rights of Strasbourg,
Former President of the King Baudouin Foundation and member of the Scientific Committee of the Mukwege Chair about : “Children’s rights and the violence of war“
- Concluding intervention by Sandie Blanchet, Director of the UNICEF Office for Relations with the EU Institutions
As part of this 1st Congress, a photo exhibition will bring together works on the theme of sexual violence against women and children in conflict, by three photographers: Catherine de Kerchove, Lara Youssef and Marjorie Jaspar.
The Mukwege Chair is attached to the Centre d'Expertise en Psychotraumatisme et Psychologie légale, directed by Pr Adélaïde Blavier at ULiège and with whom a close collaboration between the team of psychologists at Panzi hospital and the non-profit association Les Enfants de Panzi et d'Ailleurs has been established, in support of the Liège University Hospital. The objective is to create an international research network on the topic of sexual violence against women in conflict situations. With this in mind, the Chair has opened up to various universities that have already welcomed Dr. Denis Mukwege, including those that have awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Photo: ©BELGAIMAGE and ©Denis Vasilov