International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict
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.
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.
Read PHR's press release about the Campaign launch.
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.
"I pledge to call for urgent political leadership and concerted international action to prevent, protect, and prosecute to stop rape in conflict."
- Individuals: "I would like to support the campaign as an individual."
- Organizations: "We would like to join the campaign as an organization."
Korto Williams/ActionAid International
Paula Donovan & 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
Shalini Nataraj/Global Fund for Women
Francesca de Gasparis/Green Belt Movement
Liesl Gerntholtz/ Human Rights Watch
Patricia Guerrero/Displaced Women’s League & Observatory Gender Democracy and Human Rights
Jody Williams/Nobel Women’s Initiative
Shirin Ebadi/Nobel Women’s Initiative
Mairead Maguire/Nobel Women’s Initiative
Leymah Gbowee/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
Fahima Hashim/Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre & SuWEP
Julienne Lusenge/Solidarite Feminine Pour la Paix et le Developpement Integral (SOFEPADI) & Fonds Pour Les Femmes Congolaises
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
Lauren Wolfe/Women's Media Center's Women Under Siege Project
- Stop Rape in Conflict (pdf)
- Stop Rape in Burma (pdf)
- Stop Rape in Colombia (pdf)
- Stop Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (pdf)
- Stop Rape in Kenya (pdf)