International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict Delegation of Nobel peace laureates, survivors and grassroots activists to Global Summit to End Sexual Violence!
(June 2, 2014—London). Five Nobel peace laureates will be leading a delegation of almost 90 activists – including sexual violence survivors, grassroots women's leaders from conflict countries and actor Danai Gurira ("Walking Dead")—attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in London from June 10-13.
The delegation is organized by the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, the first and only global network of civil society organizations working to end sexual violence. This 700-member strong network brings together legal, medical and protection experts, as well as service providers and advocates.
"We applaud the UK's leadership in bringing governments together to build stronger political will for ending sexual violence," says Jody Williams, Nobel peace laureates and co-chair of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. "This is a turning point in our decades-long struggle as civil society to stop rape and other forms of sexual violence—and to address the urgent needs of survivors and communities directly affected by sexual violence in conflict."
Williams (USA) will be accompanied to the Summit by her sister Nobel peace laureates Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Tawakkol Karman (Yemen), Shirin Ebadi (Iran) and Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala).
The Nobel peace laureates, along with US actor Danai Gurira, will be hosting two key events at the Summit:
- Wednesday, June 11, 18h30 – 20h30: Beauty in the Middle: Women of Congo Speak Out, a multi-media exhibit with images by award-winning photographer Pete Muller and featuring the voices the women of Congo speaking about their work through films by Artefact Creative.
- Thursday, June 12, 12h30 – 13h15: Launch of Survivors United for Action, the first-ever global network of sexual violence survivors focused on rape & gender violence in conflict.
For more information about the events, or to book an interview with Nobel peace laureates, actor Danai Gurira, sexual violence survivors—as well as range of grassroots women's leaders and experts on sexual violence from conflict countries—please contact:
Becky Slack, +44 78 5422 1568, firstname.lastname@example.org or Aoife Twohig-Donfield, +44 78 5040 0094, email@example.com or Rachel Vincent, +1 613 276 9030 firstname.lastname@example.org