The Project

DNA-Kit helps Rape Victims

An ongoing project by Ring for Peace, Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society, is the development and testing of an easy-to-use DNA-Kit. With this Kit, survivors of sexual violence can themselves collect high quality forensic evidence from their abuser providing a pathway to access justice.

This project addresses this challenge through innovative DNA evidence recovery methods.

„We owe victims of sexual violence access to justice. The DNA Kit provides that pathway.”

Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schürer, Chairman of the Foundation for Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society

The test, developed by Professor Lisa Smith of the University of Leicester, and her team of criminology researchers, have developed an innovative procedure that is now internationally established and is currently being tested in Kenya and South Africa. Ultimately, this is a chance for the victims to regain their own dignity and inner peace. With the help of the Wangu Kanja Foundation in Nairobi, the framework conditions for education and optimal medical care are also created at the local community level.

Gender inequality continues to be one of the most persistent human rights violations worldwide. Sexual and gender-specific violence is one of the most damaging forms of gender injustice.

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Pilot Project South Africa

The Cape in South Africa: Thousands of women suffer sexual, gender-based violence (SGBV) in a country with one of the highest reported rape rates in the world. It is an overwhelming challenge.


Benefits of the DNA-Kit

Rape victims – mostly women – who have limited access to medical facilities can empower themselves by use of the DNA-Kit in a self-effective way by collecting evidence that can be used in court. An instrument contributing to personal well-being and overcoming fear and shame.