Advisory Board Member

 

On 21 March 2016, Bukeni Waruzi was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Hague Justice Portal and the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation - The Hague.

Bukeni Waruzi is an advocate with extensive expertise in the field of children affected by armed conflict and sexual violence in conflict situations. Originally from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked for over ten years on child soldiers and children affected by armed conflict. He founded and served as the Executive Director of AJEDI-Ka/Child Soldiers Project, an organization working to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate child soldiers in the DRC. He led negotiations with rebels, militias and armed forces commanders to demobilize hundreds of child soldiers during early years of the war in Eastern DRC.  He also created and implemented AJEDI-Ka's use of cell phones as a means of documenting and reporting on child’s recruitment.

Bukeni Waruzi, is the WITNESS Senior Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East and the Lead of WITNESS Global Campaign on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence where he specifically supports women's rights activists document sexual violence and to create effective strategies to fight for gender justice through video and other technologies. He has supported and trained hundreds of women's rights activists on documentation of sexual violence with video around the world.

Bukeni has produced several videos on child soldiers in the DRC . His advocacy and videos were useful in the International Criminal Court's first trial on child soldiers, where Congolese warlord is behind bars. He holds a BA in economics from the Evangelical University in Africa in Bukavu (DRC) and and Master's degree in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution from Chaire Unesco in Bujumbura (Burundi).