As member states of the United Nations came together in New York for the General Assembly and the first ever high level meeting on Rule of Law, the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict advocated for action to stop rape in conflict!
Between September 23-25, 2012, members of the Campaign's Advisory Committee came to New York for meetings and public events. The Advisory Committee held its third meeting to discuss next steps and strategies for future action - resulting in an energized core of activists and campaigners!
Our Campaign's presence in New York was also an opportunity to lobby individual member states for increased leadership and action at the national and international levels. Campaign members met with delegations from Canada, Liberia, and Sweden.
On Monday, September 24 - with partners Women's Media Center and Physicians for Human Rights, the Campaign held a successful public panel discussion: "Is It Possible to Stop Rape in Conflict?" Held at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the discussion included Noble Laureates and activists from the Campaign discussing the global crisis of violence against women and why coordinated action is vital to stop rape and gender violence.
Panelists included Nobel Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams, and Susannah Sirkin (Physician's for Human Rights), Patricia Guerrero (Colombia's Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas), and Dr. Denis Mukwege ( Democratic Republic of Congo's Panzi Hospital). Best-selling author and co-founder of the Women's Media Center, Robin Morgan, provided introductory remarks, and the panel was moderated by award-winning journalist Lauren Wolfe, director of Women Under Siege.
We also met with the International Criminal Court's Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda - read all about our meeting!