Modern conflicts are not only fought in trenches and battlefields, but also within communities and on women's bodies. Rape and other forms of sexual violence are being used against women as a weapon of war across the globe. This violence destroys the bonds that tie families and communities together -- those that ensure peaceful and vibrant societies.
The Nobel Women's Initiative works with partner organizations at the local level to bring attention to the prevalence and severity of sexual violence in conflict situations worldwide. We work toward preventing and eliminating its use as a tactic of war, and advocate for access to medical care, empowerment initiatives, and restitution for survivors. We also work towards the strengthening of justice mechanisms -- such as the International Criminal Court -- to end impunity for these crimes.
We advocate for sexual violence to be addressed as a security concern by the international community, and for the full implementation of comprehensive national action plans as called for in UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. We promote women's access to justice at the local, national, and international levels.