After months of preparations, we are excited to share news with you about the launch of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. Each and every one of you made the launch a resounding success—and sent a clear message around the world that together we will make sexual violence history!
We now have over 2,500 members from 126 countries! Almost 560 of these are organizations that work in the areas of human rights, justice, and peace.
On social media, we asked you all connect with us by sharing the action you would take within your community for the Campaign. Pledges came in from actress Charlize Theron, playwright Lynn Nottage, and the UNSG Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom—and so many others!
Each pledge you shared with us demonstrates the creativity and hope we all have going forward. For example, check out this inspiring pledge: #IPLEDGE to help my students learn that their bodies are not weapons and that they have a right not to be harmed – Erin, Canada
Click here to see more #IPLEDGE’s. Please continue to share your pledge and encourage others to do the same:
- Tweet us @StopRapeCmpgn and use the hashtag #IPLEDGE
- Post your #IPLEDGE to our Facebook wall
Campaign members around the world mobilized to organize events to raise awareness on rape and gender violence within their country. See our full roundup of launch action on our site.
Our Week of Action for the Campaign launch kicked off in Cartagena, Colombia on May 6, bringing nine organizations and three generations of women together.
Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city Kinshasa from May 10 to 12 to celebrate a two-day launch, including meeting with local politicians. In Eastern Congo, events were held in South Kivu’s Bukavu, with over 50 organizations making a public pledge of support!
On May 18, a march through downtown Nairobi, Kenya brought our launch events to a close with drums! Over 300 people—led by a rally car and marching band—marched past the Kenyan Parliament. The event included pledges by the Police Commissioner and Justices and ended with the planting of a tree in memorial of the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai.
Our partners are staying busy and events are planned in the United States, Canada, and Guatemala for June. Stay tuned for online action you can take to stop rape in conflict!
THANK YOU for your support and we look forward to working with you. This Campaign would not be possible without YOU!!!