Today, March 8, is International Women's Day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the day's commemoration. It is a time not only for celebration and appreciation, but also reflection of the risks and hardships women face still today.
Speaking out against rape as a weapon of genocide, Bridget Conley-Zilkic, the Director of Research and Projects for the Museum's Committee on Conscience, delivered a talk last month in New York on the long-lasting consequences of one particular risk all too common today: gender-based violence.
Conley-Zilkic spoke about the world's first conviction for genocide, which included rape as an act of genocide, in the trial of Jean-Paul Akayesu at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - and the critical difference women made during the proceedings:
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