This week marks the official Canadian launch of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict!
On June 14, Advisory Committee member, the Nobel Women's Initiative, is hosting a breakfast on Parliament Hill for Canadian politicians to encourage Canada to become a leader to Stop Rape in Conflict. It is one week since the Nobel Women's Initiative released a report highlighting how increased militarization in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala has led to increased rates of violence against women, particularly sexual violence.
The Campaign will be in Ottawa on Thursday morning, tweeting live from The Hill! Follow #IPLEDGE for all the action. But the Nobel Women's Initiative is calling on all Canadians to take action now.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, Tweeted, and emailed John Baird - your voice was heard! On Wednesday, June 20 the Canadian government unanimously adopted a motion calling for Canada to take leadership within the international community to Stop Rape in Conflict.
We are excited to let you know that only two months since the Campaign launch, thanks to you—the Campaign supporters—we are gaining allies within the political sphere! What a great beginning! Don't forget to join the Campaign and we will contact you for our next action!
Tell John Baird, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, to support a motion in the House of Commons calling for Canada to become a leader to Stop Rape in Conflict:
1. Add your name to the "Dear John" petition:
Call on Canada's Foreign Minister to pledge support for a motion that would make Canada an example within the international community. Even if you are not a resident of Canada, add your name to the petition to show your support!
2. Tweet Canada's Foreign Minister:
#DearJohn support the motion to make Canada a leader to Stop Rape in Conflict! @JohnBairdOWN #IPLEDGE – do you?
3. Send Canada's Foreign Minister an email:
Don't forget... Canada has been a leader on human rights before. In 1997, Canada led the initiative to ban landmines, resulting in the historic Ottawa Treaty.
DEAR JOHN: this is once again time to take up the challenge and make Canada a leader!
Canada's Oppositon Party has taken the first steps, with a statement of suppport for the Campaign during the Week of Action May 6-13.