Rape Crisis stands in solidarity with Srebrenica
7 Jul 2019
Sunday 7th July 2019 marked the start of the UK's annual Srebrenica Memorial Week.
Rape Crisis England & Wales and its member Rape Crisis Centres have been working with Remembering Srebrenica for a number of years to acknowledge and remember the thousands of women who were raped in the genocide in Bosnia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia, to understand the continuing difficulties for survivors, to show solidarity with women and women's organisations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and to work with them to prevent something like this ever happening again in Europe.
The theme of this year's Memorial Week is ‘Bridging the Divide: Confronting Hate’. The theme seeks to inspire people to challenge those who wish to divide communities, celebrate those who build bridges between communities and change attitudes and behaviours in others to go out and build bridges of their own.
Rape Crisis women across our movement in England and Wales will make origami roses and lilies - both flowers that have significance in Bosnian culture - and write messages of support and solidarity on them to the women in Bosnia. Remembering Srebrenica will then send the flowers on to women's organisations in Bosnia working with survivors, including The Association of Women Victims of War and Strength of Women, from whom we heard powerful contributions by Bakira Hasečić and Dr Branka Antić-Štauber at annual Rape Crisis England & Wales Conference 2017.
We will observe a minute's silence at 11am on Thursday 11th July, Srebrenica Memorial Day, and you are invited to join us.