Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Sonke Gender Justice's Executive Director Dean Peacock have published an opinion article on Reuters AlertNet on the continuing gender violence in Africa. Both Gbowee and Peacock serve on the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict's Advisory Committee.
Gbowee and Peacock applaud the South African government’s decision to prosecute cases of rape from the 2008 Zimbabwean election as a major step in ending impunity for sexual violence. At the same time, they call on South Africa – and all other African nations – to open their eyes to the abuses occurring within their own borders.
They warn that it is only by confronting rape, both at home and abroad, that we can make real progress towards ending sexual violence, "This is not a women’s issue: men and boys must be part of a solution that permeates from the grassroots to the highest halls of power. Only by transforming gender relations – engaging with men and women, boys and girls together – can we change cultures of domination, fear and violence."