Did you know that up to 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide?
Did you know that over 64,000 women were raped in Sierra Leone?
Did you know that over 40,000 women were raped in Bosnia-Herzegovina?
Did you know that over 1,000 women are raped every day in Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo?
Enough is enough.
Thursday is our international day of action against sexual violence in conflict.
Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire will TAKE A STAND to end rape in war. We urge you to TAKE A STAND in your home country and join us virtually.
Following the unprecedented conference in Montebello, Quebec where they hosted over 120 women from around the world to discuss strategies to address sexual violence, the Laureates will be TAKING A STAND in Ottawa – addressing Canadian parliamentarians and urging them to take the lead to end rape in war. Together – through online action – we can also take this message to governments all over the world.
TAKE A STAND
Go to the UN Action Stop Rape Now website at http://bit.ly/m4GiDb and download the sample letter asking your elected official for increased action against sexual violence in conflict – and send it! Tell your government you are TAKING A STAND!
Write a blog post, tweet or share on Facebook. We will be posting videos and live-tweeting throughout the day – letting you know what ACTION we are taking.
Make sure to check the NWI blog and follow the #endrapeinwar hashtag. Use it in your posts – let’s make it trend!
Hundreds of women will be raped today. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging to #endrapeinwar http://bit.ly/m4GiDb
Almost 48 women are raped every hour in Congo. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging to #endrapeinwar http://bit.ly/m4GiDb
Women Nobel Laureates are taking a stand to #endrapeinwar. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging action: http://bit.ly/m4GiDb
Sample facebook posts:
As you sit at your computer right now, hundreds of women around the world are being raped as a strategic tactic of war. Tell your government: enough is enough! TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your elected official urging them to take action. link: http://bit.ly/m4GiDb
Women Nobel Peace Laureates are TAKING A STAND to end sexual violence in conflict. Why don’t you? Send a letter to your elected official urging them to be a leader by acting to end rape!
Join us on Thursday. Together – we can move the earth.
War on Women: Time for action to end sexual violence in conflict, Nobel Women’s Initiative.
Nobel laureates gather in Quebec to campaign against rape, Globe and Mail, 25 May 2011.
openDemocracy 50-50 Series featuring analytical coverage of Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict conference.
Female Nobel laureates gather in Montebello, Ottawa Citizen, 22 May 2011.
The numbers are overwhelming, Ottawa Citizen, 22 May 2011.