ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
For decades, women and allies have been working to make gender-based violence a peace and security priority at the local, national, and international levels. With the passing of United Nations Resolution 1325, women’s security has finally been placed on the agenda.
Yet, the implementation of laws providing women in conflict and post-conflict zones with real security and justice is severely lagging. Many survivors still do not have access to medical or psychosocial support, and a stigma surrounding sexual violence prevails.
The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict was established out of a recognized need to collaborate and to have a coordinated plan of action. Together we will create a broad grassroots movement – working in tandem for change at local and international levels – having the maximum impact to transform our global community.
The Campaign’s ad-hoc Advisory Committee met in September 2011 to develop an initial strategy. Led by the Nobel Women’s Initiative and based in Ottawa, the Campaign will officially launch in 2012.
The Campaign 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 along, 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 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.
Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict – Conference Report Available Now!
Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.Aung San Suu Kyi