“No blame for being vulnerable: access to justice of disabled girls in Uganda on the example of sexual violence” wins Justice for Children Award

Geneva, 30 November , 2017 – Filip Waszczuk second-year Master’s student Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po – Paris (France), won the second edition of the “Justice for Children Award” competition, jointly organized by Defence for Children International (DCI) and the World Organization against Torture (OMCT).

The aim of the Justice for Children Award competition is to encourage academic research within European Universities on the obstacles and challenges that compromise the realization of children’s rights in justice systems, with a specific focus on violence against children. This year’s edition was focused on violence against girls.

Mr. Waszczuk ’s article – « No blame for being vulnerable: access to justice of disabled girls in Uganda on the example of sexual violence » – was selected by the Jury[1] as it responded to the award’s selection criteria: academic quality, social /o legal pertinence, and originality.

The Jury particularly welcomed the integration of a multidisciplinary analysis to the problematic, as well as the use of qualitative methods such as interviews with NGOs working in Uganda. Mr. Waszczuk was able to highlight the issue of violence against disabled girls in the justice system in Uganda, in a structured and comprehensive manner, while keeping an original tone and approach throughout the text.

Mr. Waszczuk will be granted a monetary prize, will have her paper published by DCI and OMCT and will participate in one of the sessions of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child. The Prize will be officially awarded to Mr. Waszczuk during an event in Geneva in 2018.

Moreover, Jury members wished to express their particular appreciation for the article submitted by Ms. Ann Marie McDonald Master student in International Development at the Kimmage Development Studies Centre (Dublin). Her paper presented an analysis of the violence girls face in the justice system in Sierra Leone. The Jury acknowledged the academic quality of her article and decided to give her paper an honorary mention and to publish it on DCI’s and OMCT’s websites.

For more information about this Prize please contact:

Paula Trujillo, DCI : paula.trujillo@defenceforchildren.org , +41 (0)22 566 05 92

Carolina Barbara, OMC:  cb@omct.org, +41 (0)22 809 49 38

[1] Five international experts compose the Jury: Ms Renate Winter, international judge and Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child ; Mr. Eric Sottas, legal expert and former OMCT Secretary-General, Mr. Benoit Van Keirsbilck, Director of DCI- Belgium and Editor in chief of « Journal du Droit des Jeunes »,  Prof. Philip Jaffé, psychologist and Director of the Interfaculty Centre for Children’s Rights of the University of Geneva, and Dr h.c. Jean Zermatten, former judge at the Valais juvenile court and former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.