Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict: Join the Campaign
A staggering number of women around the world will experience rape or other violence in their lifetimes. The UN Secretary General says 1 out of every 3. That is one billion women. Imagine One Billion Women Rising to end the violence! And a billion men rising with us.
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Organizations and individuals around the world have been working long and hard to stop rape and gender violence in conflict. The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, spearheaded by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, is bringing them together to develop and carry out coordinated plans of action to help end this wanton scourge.
The Campaign will also press for specific prevention, protection, and prosecution measures and advocate for a dramatic increase in resources to support survivors and achieve justice.
Together we will create a broad grassroots movement. The more organizations and individuals working in tandem for change, the faster we can make that change happen. In September 2011, with the Campaign’s Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee, we began developing our strategy for moving the Campaign forward. We are preparing for a formal launch of the Campaign.
We invite organizations and individuals to actively join the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict.
We invite those who are unable to actively participate to endorse the Campaign and its Call.
Because we envision a world without war, rape and gender violence where women and men are equal;
Because rape and gender violence destroy individuals and families, entire communities and the fabric of society;
Because rape and gender violence have increasingly become a deliberate tactic of terror in war and other conflict situations.
Because in recent years alone, massive numbers of women – and sometimes men and boys – have suffered not only the physical trauma of rape and gender violence in war and other conflict situations, but also the shame and stigma that often leaves survivors suffering in silence;
Because perpetrators of rape and gender violence go unpunished and impunity is the order of the day;
Because national, regional and international commitments to end rape and gender violence in war and other conflict situations are either seriously inadequate or are not being enforced; and
Because women and girls, men and boys across the world demand and expect justice.
We call for:
- Powerful and urgent leadership on the local, national, regional and international levels to prevent and stop rape and gender violence in war and conflict situations;
- A dramatic increase in resources for prevention and protection and for psychosocial and physical healing for survivors, their families and communities including concerted efforts to end stigma of survivors;
- Justice for victims, including prosecution of perpetrators at national, regional and international levels, and comprehensive reparation for survivors…”
The Advisory Committee includes:
Korto Williams/ActionAid International,
Stephen Lewis/AIDS Free World,
Widney Brown/Amnesty International,
Lydia Alpizar/Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID),
Radhika Balakrishnan/Center for Women’s Global Leadership,
Rada Boric/Center for Women War Victims,
Bineta Diop/Femmes Africa Solidarite,
Francesca de Gasparis/Green Belt Movement,
Liesl Gerntholtz/ Human Rights Watch,
Marusia Lopez Cruz/JASS Mesoamerica,
Shirin Ebadi/Nobel Women’s Initiative,
Mairead Maguire/Nobel Women’s Initiative,
Pat Mitchell/Paley Center for Media,
Dr Denis Mukwege/The Panzi Hospital,
Ann Patterson/Peace People,
Susannah Sirkin/Physicians for Human Rights,
Dean Peacock/Sonke Gender Justice Network,
Lynne Twist/Soul of Money Institute,
Maha Abu-Dayyeh/Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling,
Naw Htoo Paw/Women’s League of Burma,
Leymah Gbowee/Women, Peace and Security Network Africa,