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Stand Speak Rise Up: Standing Up Against Sexual Violence 

Stand Speak Rise Up

Deeply moved by the experiences of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a globally recognized advocate for survivors of sexual violence, HR.E. the Grand Duchess María Teresa has committed the Grand Duchess María Teresa Association to effective solutions addressing the traumas inflicted by sexual violence and to support the healing journey of survivors. 

What is the primary mission of the Grand Duchess María Teresa Association? 

 

The core commitment of the Grand Duchess María Teresa Association is to its relentless pursuit of social justice and equality. In recognition of the growing disparities and precarious conditions that have escalated since the 2000s,

the Association has positioned itself as a vital force for change. Its primary mission is to facilitate the integration and inclusion of disadvantaged individuals. The Association acts as a last resort for those who have exhausted all other forms of social assistance. Through a comprehensive strategy that includes direct aid, educational support, and professional development initiatives, the Association strives to uplift those it serves, aiming for a future where social cohesion is strengthened, and vulnerability is transformed into resilience. 

 

How did the Grand Duchess María Teresa Association come to address the issue of sexual violence? 

 

A vehement stand against sexual violence, particularly the plights faced by women in conflict zones, is a cornerstone initiative of the Association. Grand Duchess María Teresa was deeply moved by a meeting in 2016 with Dr. Denis Mukwege, a globally recognized advocate for survivors of sexual violence. The discussions catalyzed her support for two pivotal projects: The establishment of a global fund for the compensation of victims of war rape and the creation of an international solidarity network for survivors. The Association's efforts culminated in the active participation of the Grand Duchess in the first meeting of the survivor's network in 2017. This led to the formation of the World Alliance of Victims and Survivors in 2018, now known as SEMA - Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence.

 

“It is imperative to act decisively and propose effective solutions to address the traumas inflicted by sexual violence” 

 

How did the Grand Duchess María Teresa Association expand its commitment to stamping out sexual violence? 

 

Driven by a vision to make a tangible impact of sexual violence, the Grand Duchess initiated the Stand Speak Rise Up forum! This platform not only aims to elevate the struggle against sexual violence but also to mobilize global action, offering relevant solutions to help survivors rebuild their lives. Through this initiative, the Grand Duchess María Teresa Association underscores a powerful message: Indignation alone is insufficient; it is imperative to act decisively and propose effective solutions to address the traumas inflicted by sexual violence and support the healing journey of survivors. 

© Stand Speak Rise Up!/ Marion Dessard

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