SEMA survivors are organised into networks at two levels – globally and nationally. The international dimension allows survivors from different generations, continents and cultures to come together and learn from each other, support one another, and collectively develop and carry out higher profile awareness raising and advocacy actions.
Through the global network, survivors build confidence and solidarity together, recognising that despite the many differences, they share common experiences and a bond. Coming together helps them to see their personal experiences in the wider context of systematic sexual violence in conflict, and strengthens their resolve to mobilise, and in so doing work for change and challenge the structural causes of conflict-related sexual violence.
At the national level, we collaborate with existing survivor networks and foster new or emerging networks. The national networks feed into the larger global network, and representatives of the global network are key players in their national networks, as well.