On Thursday, September 21, at 6 p.m., coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, the ICIP Peace in Progress Award 2023 ceremony will be held at the Parliament of Catalonia. This year, the award is for two associations from Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women Victims of War and Forgotten Children of War.

The ICIP 2023 Peace in Progress Award has highlighted the two entities “for their work reporting violations as a weapon of war, fighting impunity and empowering and making victims of sexual violence visible”. The awarded associations work on documenting violations during the Balkan War and the legal and social recognition of children born in situations of sexual violence.

It is estimated that between 25,000 and 50,000 women and girls were raped as a strategy of ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian war, and 4,000 children were born due to the attacks. Beyond Bosnia, the awarded entities are also in contact with survivors of other conflicts, such as Ukraine, to accompany them in denunciation and recognition as victims of war.

Representatives of the two awarded organizations will attend the award ceremony. The event will include the performance of an excerpt from the play ‘Encara hi ha algĂș al bosc‘ (There is still someone in the forest), which covers the experiences of women raped during the conflict in the Balkans.

A glass of cava will be offered at the end of the event.

To attend the event at the Parliament of Catalonia, it is essential to register using the following form. The event can also be followed live on the Parlament Channel.