Do Women See Things That Men Don’t? An Interview with Wendy Lobwein

August 2, 2011

Imagine you’re a young woman from a small village in Bosnia. You’ve witnessed horrors most people could never even imagine, and you’ve been asked to fly half way across the continent to testify before an international court. You may need some convincing, and certainly coaching.

Our guest Wendy Lobwein has spent a career helping people who testify in war crimes trials.

For 15 years, as a witness support officer at the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, she helped prepare witnesses to testify, telling them what they could expect from the process. She’d try to alleviate their fears when that was needed, and sometimes she’d even fly to the homes of frightened witnesses to urge them to travel to the Hague and testify.

Lobwein is now based in Cambodia, where she is coordinating the Witnesses and Experts support unit for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Women as witnesses in war crimes tribunals, next on Women War & Peace.

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