10 actions you can take to stop rape & gender violence in conflict

1. Take the Pledge

Visit www.stoprapeinconflict.org and pledge your support for the Campaign. Share with us your personal pledge of the action you commit to undertake for the Campaign within the community.

2. Spread the word

Make sure to tell your friends on social media about your pledge. Use the hashtag #IPLEDGE to connect with members and encourage others to join the Campaign. Tweet your MP. Always make sure to include @stoprapecmpgn in your Tweet!

Sample Tweet:
#IPLEDGE to demand leaders prevent rape in conflict, protect civilians, prosecute perpetrators. Join @stoprapecmpgn http://bit.ly/IPLEDGE

Post the pledge, and photo of your pledge, to the StopRape in Conflict Facebook wall:
On the Campaign Facebook page choose "Upload photo or video," find your file, add #IPLEDGE & your country in the text, and share!

Sample Facebook Post:
#IPLEDGE to demand 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. Take the Pledge and join the International Campaign that unites us to Stop Rape in Conflict! http://bit.ly/IPLEDGE

Use social media to amplify the profile of women’s groups who are defending human rights and being targeted for their work. You can also use social media to encourage mainstream and non-traditional media to have a more gender balanced view of the news and cover more stories about gender violence. Don’t forget to write to the editor of your local newspaper and favourite magazine asking for more stories on this topic.

3. Raise political will

Write a letter to your elected government official encouraging them to take action to stop rape in conflict. Implore your government to:
•    Legislate domestic and foreign policies that ensure the protection of women and girls;
•    Increase resources allocated to gender-specific programs particularly ones that address gender-based violence, reproductive health, and human trafficking;
•    End impunity and ensure survivors can pursue justice;
•    Put pressure on the international community to prioritize ending sexual violence;
•    Ratify relevant international treaties to which your country is not already party to.
Learn more at www.peacewomen.org.

4. Monitor or Demand a National Action Plan

A country’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security sets out how a government plans to implement the commitments made in Security Council Resolutions. If your country does not have a National Action Plan, advocate for one. Reach out to human rights organizations in your country and work with them. Read the Campaign’s brochure on using National Action Plans as a starting point.

5. Volunteer

Get in touch with local women’s organizations in your area that provide support to survivors of sexual violence. Many people around us are survivors of assault and in need of support – help those in your own community.

Give your time to organizations working on the ground or with partners in countries where rape and gender violence in conflict is prevalent. Refer to the list of our Advisory Committee members for an idea of where to get started in your search.

6. Host or organize an event

Use the event to educate yourself and others, and promote a healthy discussion of what action we can take to stop rape and gender violence in conflict.

Try hosting a film night. Some ideas for what to watch:
-    PBS Series: Women, War and Peace
-    Short Documentary by Kvinna till Kvinna: Women’s War
-    Pray the Devil Back to Hell
-    IFProductions: Weapon of War - Confessions of Rape in Congo
-    Lisa Jackson: The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo

7. Strike | Dance | Rise

On February 14, 2013 V-Day is inviting women and men to be part of the ONE BILLION Rising movement to demand an end to violence against women. Join the global movement. Watch the short film from V-Day (trigger warning) and join the movement!

8. Donate

Help catalyze change on the ground by donating to a local women’s organization or consider directly supporting one of the Campaign’s Advisory Committee members. Our partners work across sectors to prevent rape, protect civilians and survivors, and help communities find justice. Some organizations work directly in conflict zones supporting survivors and communities, others are on the frontlines of national and international justice, while others have research or advocacy as their main mission, including engaging men to stop violence against women. Find the organization that best suits you and donate directly to them, or support your local women's organization.

9. Demand Justice

Write to the authorities in conflict countries, urging their governments to prosecute perpetrators of rape and gender violence. Visit Amnesty International’s website for sample letters and addresses.

Support the International Criminal Court (ICC), regional, and local efforts to ensure justice is both visible and universal. Visit the Coalition for the ICC to see if your country has ratified the Rome Statute. If your country is not on the list, urge them to do so now. Support stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of gender violence, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

10. Listen

Our own words often inadvertently include derogatory language towards women. Listen to yourself, listen to others. Avoid demeaning and hateful words. Your language can send a message that women are less valuable as persons and are objects—therefore, can be treated as such. Change your message and influence others to do the same.

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