Giving Voice to Victim Survivors: an impact study on violence in armed conflict

Stream: Intersectionality in Practice: how can we ensure that research in the gendered violence field takes into account multiple levels of social inequality and injustice?
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am


In early 2010, the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) initiated a quasi-experimental evaluation with victim survivors under the jurisdiction of the ICC to better understand the impact of its assistance on affected communities throughout northern Uganda and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Drawing on initial findings from this research and lessons learned from the first two years of TFV programming, the study highlighted how rehabilitation assistance in the context of mass atrocities must take into account the social relations in which victim survivors live, in particular through (1) conflict-sensitive and (2) participatory approaches. The results also clearly showed a gender dimension related to the impact of violence. Violence, that is, impacted men and boys differently than it impacted women and girls; and the findings suggested that among the TFV beneficiaries, female victim survivors had experienced more severe psychological and social consequences. This, in turn, showed that women approached the issues of rehabilitation, reparation and reconciliation differently men. Findings from the research supported an approach to rehabilitation assistance and reparation that is meaningful, addressing the harm suffered, gender-sensitive and inclusive, and appropriate to the social relations and the sources of conflict with which people have experienced mass violence.


Kristin Kalla (Presenter), Senior Programme Officer, Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court
Kristin Kalla is the Senior Programme Officer at the Trust Fund for Victims, which supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to ensure justice, and restore dignity for survivors of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity through the provision of rehabilitation assistance and reparations. Over the last eight years, Ms. Kalla has been overseeing the technical responses, programmes, and field operations in northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic, including providing leadership toward gender-sensitive and inclusive responses. She is a senior executive with a standout record of contribution in public sector and non-profit leadership for humanitarian, development, human rights and public health efforts in over 20 countries in conflict and post-conflict situations – primarily in Africa. Ms. Kalla has over 25 years of experience as a trained public health anthropologist focusing on social justice, gender and reproductive health issues with degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in African Studies (MA) and Public Health (MPH). In 2014, she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.