On 17 May 2021, the Coalition for Genocide Response joined Lord Alton of Liverpool and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea and organised an important webinar about the use of rape and sexual violence in Tigray.
“Our problem is with your womb. Your womb gives birth to Woyane [a derogatory term used to refer to the TPLF]. A Tigrayan womb should never give birth” a Tigrayan woman was told after she was gang-raped and mutilated. Hers is just one of many similar reports emerging daily from Tigray. This suggests that rape and sexual violence against Tigrayan women are a commonly used weapon of the war – and might even be reaching the threshold for being a genocidal act.
During this webinar, the panellists discussed the situation of Tigrayan women, considered the nature of the atrocities and the needed responses.
Lord Alton of Liverpool, Crossbench Peer at the UK House of Lords
Professor Mukesh Kapila CBE, Professor Emeritus, Global Health & Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester
Lucy Kassa, freelance journalist
Sally Keeble, former Labour MP, Minister
His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London.
Watch it here: