Activists from across Africa gathered in Nairobi on the weekend to strategize ways to expand The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict on the continent and amplify African voices at the upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Regional summit delegates represented 10 African countries and were joined by Canadian, Croatian and American Campaign members. Together, they prepared for the Global Summit, to be held in London this June. Delegates coordinated actions aimed at engaging the African diaspora in the UK and encouraging African leaders to take an active role in the event.
The regional summit also produced a list of actions to protect, prevent and prosecute sexual violence in conflict, emphasizing the need for increased media training for activists and political accountability from their leaders.
Many delegates are already working on actions proposed at the conference. These include recording anti-violence workshops with youth and community leaders to share as a call to action for government officials, a documentary on the plight of children born from rape and an art exhibition featuring the stories and perspectives of sexual violence survivors.
In a fitting conclusion to the regional summit, delegates spent Monday celebrating Kenya’s Wangari Maathai Day, which commemorates the founder of the Green Belt Movement and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.