Programme

Programme2019-11-15T15:36:06+00:00

Day 1 – Wednesday, November 13th

Opening ceremony and “Jambo” Party

15:00 to 18:00
Campus du Sart-Tilman, Liège

Open and accessible (on registration) to the general public / aimed to a general audience

Opening by Professor Véronique De Keyser,
Extraordinary Professor Emeritus (ULiège),
President of the Scientific Committee of the Mukwege Chair

Welcome message from Professor Pierre Wolper, Rector (ULiège)

Speech by Virginia Gamba de Potgieter,
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations,
Under-Secretary-General

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

Acknowledgements by Adélaïde Blavier
Professor (ULiège), Director of the Centre of Expertise in Psychotrauma and Forensic Psychology
and Véronique De Keyser

**This ceremony will be interspersed with musical interludes.**

from 20:00
Cité Miroir, Liège

“Jambo” Party (welcome evening) – charity evening in support of the program Les Enfants de Panzi (Panzi Foundation)

Open and accessible (on registration) to the general public

Day 2 and 3 – Thursday, November 14th and Friday, November 15th

Scientific Congress
Campus Centre-Ville, Liège

Detailed programme

Around the central question of the Congress, namely “how to rebuild and give a future to women and children victims of sexual violence in conflicts”, innumerable questions jostle around.
In the case of children, does this reconstruction, whether physical or psychological, follow a process identical to that of an adult or should other methods and techniques be applied ?
What role does the time play in this reconstruction ?
Will the good practices that work in one country work in another ?

What is the influence of cultural, political, economic and geographical factors ?
How can this violence be prevented ?
How can we fight against the denial and impunity of aggressors ?

What does history, anthropology, criminology and law teach us ?
How can survivors be economically and socially rehabilitated in their communities ?

To answer these questions by addressing the individual level of survivors, the one of local communities and the one of national policies to implement,
each half-day will be devoted to one of the pillars of the holistic model developed by Dr. Mukwege :

1. Medical care, 2. Psychological care, 3. Social and economic rehabilitation, 4. Legal care
these being mixed with the more transversal fields of history and anthropology.

In addition, each pillar will integrate :
– an academic approach (research results)
– an empirical approach. The latter will give a voice to associations, NGOs and scientists highlighting data from the field, which question the possible generalisation of research results by highlighting the importance of contextual factors (political, cultural, geographical).

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Day 2 – Thursday, November 14th

8:30-12:30 – Medical care (pillar 1)

Keynote adress from Prof. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner,
and Prof. Guy-Bernard Cadière (ULB, Belgium) :
Title : “The surgical reconstruction of  child survivors of sexual violence”

followed by presentations from the call for abstract, interventions from NGOs based on data from the field and exchanges with the audience

14:00-18:00 – Psychological care (pillar 2)

Keynote adress from Dr. Muriel Salmona,
President of the Association ‘Mémoire traumatique et Victimologie’
and Prof. Véronique De Keyser (ULiège, Belgium) :
Title : “What will these children remember?”

followed by presentations from the call for abstract, interventions from NGOs based on data from the field and exchanges with the audience

20:00

Gala Dinner (reserved for participants of the Scientific Congress)
in the prestigious Palais des Princes-Évêques of Liège

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Day 3 – Friday, November 15th

8:30-12:30 – Social and economic rehabilitation (pillar 3)

Keynote adress from Prof. Germaine Furaha (Université Évangélique en Afrique)
and Prof. PHD. Jean-Benoit Falisse (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) :
Title : « (soon available) »

followed by presentations from the call for abstract, interventions from NGOs based on data from the field and exchanges with the audience

14:00-18:00 – Legal care (pillar 4)

Keynote adress from Prof. Bérangère Taxil (Université d’Angers, France)
Title : « (soon available) »

followed by presentations from the call for abstract, interventions from NGOs based on data from the field and exchanges with the audience

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The conclusions of the Congress will be presented by Prof. Adélaïde Blavier (ULiège, Belgium).

Registration
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