Archive | May, 2012

Launch of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict

8 May

I was so happy to see that the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict launched this past Sunday in Cartagena, Colombia.  I’m excited to see where this campaign will go and what it will accomplish, because I think it massive potential.

The new campaign, the idea for which originated at a conference held by the Nobel Women’s Initiative last year, brings together Nobel Laureates, advocacy organizations, and regional/local groups in a coordinated international effort to demand

“…urgent and bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice for all—including effective prosecution of those responsible”.

Twenty-Five organizations sit on the advisory board of the campaign including Amnesty International, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Femmes Africa Solidarite, The Global Fund for Women, The Panzi Hospital, The Women’s League of Burma, and many others.  It has also been endorsed by many prominent advocates, celebrities and Nobel Prize winners, including Sean Penn, Gloria Steinem, Charlize Theron, Aung San Suu Kyi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

This campaign will focus initially on 4 countries experiencing high levels of sexual violence, Burma, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. The organizers recognize that not only is immediate action needed in these areas, but these areas are also where the campaign can have the  “biggest impact in the shortest amount of time“. In addition the campaign, also encourages people to take action to help stop rape and gender violence in the own communities the world over, through events organized to raise awareness about these issues (both locally and globally) or volunteer efforts with local women’s groups and shelters.

The first week of the campaign has been designated as a “Week of Action”. Visit the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict’s website to pledge your support. You can also find out about events taking place worldwide this week, online actions you can take no matter where you are, and ways to donate to advisory board organizations.