International Day of the Girl: renewed calls to #BringBackOurGirls

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On Friday, we learned 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai will be awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Indian education activist, Kailash Satyarthi. This honour reminds us that education is a right many young women risk their lives for and one often denied through threats of sexual and other forms of gender violence. 

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Calls for Indian President to Turn Bold Statements into Concrete action

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"Dignity of women is our collective responsibility. There should be no compromise in this matter,” said Indian President Narendra Modi in September. While encouraging, bold statements like this aren't enough for Indian and international activists working to end sexual violence. India's women's movement has reached a seminal moment in its development, and activists want concrete commitments. 

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Four activists working to end sexual violence in India

Nobel peace laureates Jody Williams (USA) and Shirin Ebadi (Iran) are heading to Delhi, India this week, to stand in solidarity with women's rights activist organization Breakthrough, and other activists working to end violence against women in India. This is a seminal moment for India's women's rights movement, as activists around the country demand an end to impunity for widespread sexual violence.

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Global youth: India must tackle sexual violence in conflict

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(Youth to End Sexual Violence in Conflict's Youth Ambassador for India, Meera Vijayann.)

Today, Campaign member Youth to End Sexual Violence joined the call for India to make concrete commitments to stop rape in conflict internationally and end gender-based violence in India. 

The global network of youth working to end rape & gender violence in conflict sent a letter to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, calling for India's endorsement of the G8-backed Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The network also called for concrete action to prevent, prosecute and protect communities from sexual violence in conflict. 

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Join us for a remarkable conversation with 3 nobel laureates!

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The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in ConflictBreakthrough and the Nobel Women’s Initiativeare pleased to host an inspirational evening of conversation with Campaign Co-Chairs and Nobel Peace LaureatesJody Williams (US), Shirin Ebadi (Iran) and Leymah Gbowee (Liberia). Moderated by Mallika Dutt, founder and CEO of Breakthrough, the conversation will explore how women’s leadership is changing the way we tackle the global pandemic of violence against women and shape a roadmap for peace.

Check out our event page for livestream details! 

 

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BRIEFING PAPER: Women of Congo Speak Out

Key findings and recommendations from our Women of Congo Speak Out delegation in 2014 have been compiled into a briefing document. View it online here, or download a PDF below. 

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Sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Somalia

Somali and International activists want decisive action to address reports that African Union (AU) troops sexually abused and exploited women and girls on their bases in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. 

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"IS" in Iraq: Ongoing Sexual Violence Atrocities

Continuing acts of violence by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq may include forcing up to 1,500 Yazidis and Christians into sexual slavery, according to a new United Nations (UN) report. 

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Activists Found Guilty for Protesting Sexual Violence in Burma

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Human rights organizations in Burma are expressing their disappointment after eight ethnic Chin activists were found guilty of unlawful assembly after protesting sexual violence in Chin State, in Western Burma. The verdict, delivered on July 28, ordered that the activists pay a fine of 30,000 kyat (US$30) or serve one-month prison sentences.

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International Criminal Court deals blow to prosecution of sexual violence in conflict

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On June 25, the International Criminal Court (ICC) dropped their appeal against the acquittal of Congolese warlord Germain Katanga on charges of rape and sexual slavery. Katanga was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity in March of this year. After the verdict was handed down, the ICC Prosecution launched its appeal of Katanga's acquittal on sexual violence charges.

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