Dear John

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!


Campaign Advisory Committee member, the Nobel Women's Initiative is holding a meeting with Canadian parliamentarians in efforts to make Canada a leader to Stop Rape in Conflict. Canada has taken the lead on human rights issues in the past, challenging fellow states to ban landmines in what would become known as the Ottawa Treaty. This is once again time to take up the challenge and make Canada a leader!

The following petition will be presented to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird.

Dear John,

Thousands of women, men, and children will be raped in conflicts around the world today.

Canada can take a leadership role in preventing gender violence, protecting civilians and survivors, and ensuring comprehensive justice is served.

As Minister of Foreign Affairs, you can support a motion to make Canada a leader on this critical issue—joining with networks of solidarity for survivors everywhere. Canada can be the example for effective action among our fellow actors in the international community.

Dear John, we will support you in our efforts to make Canada a leader on this important international security issue. As part of a coordinated effort for change, we will continue to insist that conflict-related rape and gender violence is placed on the agenda of our Member of Parliament, is covered by local and national media coverage, and we will help educate our peers on why Canada needs to take up this role.

Take the Pledge John, and support the motion to Stop Rape in Conflict.

*International citizens are encouraged to sign in a show of support.

PETITION IS NOW CLOSED

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Have your say: How can world leaders stop rape in conflict?

The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict is so excited to participate in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict from June 10 – 13 in London, UK. This event marks a tipping point for the movement to end rape in war and will be the largest-ever global event on this issue.

Campaign members from around the world will be there, calling on world leaders to put international commitments into concrete, coordinated action. As we gear up for the Summit, we want to hear what kind of change you want these leaders to make!

Please take a few moments to answer 7 questions about what steps you think world leaders should take to stop rape in conflict. We can’t wait to share them at the Summit! 

SURVEY CLOSED

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Tell World Leaders to Take Action at the Global Summit!

From June 10 – 13, world leaders, civil society and sexual violence survivors will gather in London, UK for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict: the largest-ever global meeting on this issue. Help ensure world leaders make the most of this opportunity to turn international commitments into concrete, coordinated action!

All of the countries invited to the Global Summit have signed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. So far, over two thirds of all United Nations members have endorsed the Declaration.

Join our call for more countries to endorse the declaration and for all UN member states to send senior government representatives to the Summit to make concrete commitments to end sexual violence in conflict!  

 

TAKE ACTION:

1) Find out if your country has endorsed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

List of countries that have endorsed the Declaration HERE.

2) Urge your country (and others!) to take action to stop rape in conflict. Sample e-mails and contact information below:

 

> IF YOUR COUNTRY HAS ENDORSED THE DECLARATION

E-mail your foreign minister and ask them to attend the Summit and make concrete commitments to prevent, prosecute and protect civilians from sexual violence in conflict. Please CC. info@stoprapeinconflict.org on your e-mail!

Search for your foreign minister's e-mail HERE.


Sample e-mail

Subject: ATTN [ Your Foreign Minister's Name] - Take Leadership at the Global Summit

Dear [ Foreign Minister's Name],      

As a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, I write to urge you to take action to stop rape in conflict. From June 10-13, world leaders, civil society and sexual violence survivors will gather in London, UK for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This event offers an important opportunity for leaders to coordinate concrete action to stop rape in conflict, and I want you to make the most of it!

We count on your participation and voice in the Summit to send a clear and powerful message to take action in support of women. I urge you to attend the Summit and support our calls for world leaders to:

  1. Commit to having policies in place by the time of the 2015 UN Security Council High-Level Review of UNSCR 1325, to ensure women’s participation and independent civil society representation in 100% of peace processes and negotiations. 
  2. Commit sustained resources for the full range of medical, psychosocial, legal and livelihood services for survivors, and increase funding to local women’s organizations providing survivors with these services.
  3. Commit to the development and enforcement of robust national laws to hold perpetrators accountable for sexual violence, with particular focus on training law enforcement officials in investigation and supporting prosecutors to pursue these cases in court.

Along with over 5,000 Campaign members around the world, I look forward to following your work at the Summit and efforts to support women worldwide.

Sincerely,

[Your name] 


 

> IF YOUR COUNTRY HAS NOT ENDORSED THE DECLARATION

E-mail your foreign minister and ask them to endorse the Declaration, attend the Summit and make concrete commitments to prevent, prosecute and protect civilians from sexual violence in conflict. Please CC. info@stoprapeinconflict.org on your e-mail!

Search for your foreign ministers' e-mail HERE.


Sample e-mail

Subject: ATTN [ Your Foreign Minister's Name] - Take Leadership at the Global Summit

Dear [ Foreign Minister's Name],  

As a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, I write to urge you to take action to stop rape in conflict. From June 10-13, world leaders, civil society and sexual violence survivors will gather in London, UK for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This event offers an important opportunity for leaders to coordinate concrete action to stop rape in conflict, and I want you to make the most of it!

I urge you to sign the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, launched by the UK, and to turn this commitment into meaningful action at the Global Summit in June.

I also urge you and other world leaders to:

  1. Commit to having policies in place by the time of the 2015 UN Security Council High-Level Review of UNSCR 1325, to ensure women’s participation and independent civil society representation in 100% of peace processes and negotiations. 
  2. Commit sustained resources for the full range of medical, psychosocial, legal and livelihood services for survivors, and increase funding to local women’s organizations providing survivors with these services.
  3. Commit to the development and enforcement of robust national laws to hold perpetrators accountable for sexual violence, with particular focus on training law enforcement officials in investigation and supporting prosecutors to pursue these cases in court.

Along with over 5,000 Campaign members around the world, I look forward to following your work at the Summit and efforts to support women worldwide.

 

 


LEARN MORE about what the Campaign has planned for the Global Summit!

 

 

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In Solidarity with Haiti's Women

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict stands in solidarity with women's organizations in Haiti asking the local government to pass new legislation to stop rape and gender violence. Sign the petition in support of Haiti's women demanding justice!

Sexual violence against women and girls is a longstanding problem in Haiti. Three years after the devastating earthquake, many women continue to live in insecure conditions - those in displacement camps have become particularly vulnerable to attacks. Haiti’s laws on gender violence are in dire need of updating. Women who suffer abuse have difficulty accessing justice and support because of weak, inconsistent and discriminatory laws. 

Grassroots women have organized to help survivors and end the violence. The Campaign has supported Malya Villard-Appolon, founder of KOFAVIV, the Commission of Women Victims for Victims. KOFAVIV is leading the push for legislative reform with Campaign partner MADRE. The proposed New Draft Penal Code (Avant-Projet de Code Penal) will soon be introduced to Parliament by the Women’s Ministry. This bill would:

  • Clarify and expand the definition of rape, incest and sexual violence
  • Ensure training for medical and legal professionals tackling violence against women
  • Outline the government’s obligations to both victims and perpetrators

The legal reform would provide an important framework for ending impunity for sexual violence in the post-earthquake reconstruction. The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict asks the international community to sign the petition supporting efforts to pass this bill into law:

To Haitian women's rights activists:

As people dedicated to women’s rights in Haiti and worldwide, we support your call for action to end violence against women and girls. We echo your demand for urgent passage of the new legal reform effort.

Every person has the right to a life free of violence. As women in Haiti, you know the violent threats that you confront, and you are organizing to create solutions. We stand with you in support of legal reform that will create a roadmap to enhance the obligations of the Haitian government to combat violence against women.

TAKE ACTION

Sign the international petition on MADRE's website: I Stand With Haitian Women for Legal Protection Against Violence.

LEARN MORE

MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict Launch International Petition, 7 February 2013.

The Safety of Haitian Girls and Women Should Be Our Goal, Huffington Post blog, 14 January 2013. 

Haiti eyes tougher law to tackle sexual violence, TrustLaw, 16 February 2012. 

Beyond Shock, Charting the landscape of sexual violence in post-quake Haiti: Progress, Challenges & Emerging Trends 2010-2012 (abridged version), Anne-christine d’Adesky with PotoFanm+Fi, November 2012.

Aftershocks: Women Speak Out Against Sexual Violence in Haiti’s Camps, Amnesty International, January 2011. 

 

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Stand With The People of Congo

TAKE ACTION

Take action to support the people of Bukavu in eastern Congo! 

The people of Bukavu are facing greater threats to their safety after last week’s attack on renowned surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege.  He is the Director of Panzi Hospital, which has treated over 40,000 survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On October 25, armed men shot at Dr. Mukwege at his home.  Dr. Mukwege survived, but his long-time guard Joseph Bizimana died in the attack.

Now we join others around the world in supporting the brave people of Bukavu. Today they carried out a silent protest, a “ville morte”—literally, a “dead city”.  People stayed home from work and school to protest the high levels of insecurity in their city.  At the same time they called for a full and complete investigation into the attempted murder of Dr. Mukwege and the murder of Joseph Bizimana. Join their call for an end to the impunity for daily crimes. Learn more below.


Text "Arrêtez les coupables de l'agression contre le docteur Mukwege" to the Police Commissioner and/or the Governor of South Kivu province of DRC, Marcelin Chishambo, on your mobile phone or through Skype.

English translation: Arrest the perpetrators of the attack on Dr. Mukwege.

 

To use your mobile phone:

Follow your country's international dialing procedure (For users in North America, it would be 011 + number). Visit http://www.howtocallabroad.com/ for international dialing instructions for your country.

Send an SMS or text message to +243 992 039 590 (Police Commissioner) or +243 998 180 180 (Governor Chishambo).

Standard international text message rates will apply for users outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To use Skype:

1. If you do not already have Skype installed on your computer, download it here.

2. Bring up the dial pad (2 on Mac, click on 'Call Phones' on Windows).

           

3. Click on the blue S to bring up the list of country codes, choose Congo (Kinshasa).

4. Enter phone number: 0992039590 (Police Commissioner) or 0998180180 (Governor Chishambo).

5. Click SMS.

6. Enter "Arrêtez les coupables de l'agresion contre le docteur Mukwege" into the beige box.

 

7. Press the Enter/Return key to send.

You must have Skype Credit available.

 

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The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict joins activists in DRC in urgently calling on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to immediately and fully investigate the attempted murder of Doctor Denis Mukwege and the murder of his long-time guard.

Dr. Mukwege is a world renowned surgeon and director of Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo’s South Kivu province. The clinic has treated over 30,000 survivors of sexual violence. He is an outspoken activist who has called for an end to the violence and for ‘urgent action to arrest those responsible for these crimes against humanity and to bring them to justice.'

Campaign member Physicians for Human Rights, reported that four armed men entered Dr. Mukwege’s home in his absence and held several family members at gunpoint. Upon his arrival, they forced him out of his car, shooting and killing a security guard who tried to intervene. Dr. Mukwege ducked when the armed men fired shots towards him, before driving off in his car, which was found abandoned soon after.

For more information about the Dr. Mukwege's work at the Panzi hospital, read his interview with Campaign Advisory Committee Member Organization the Women Under Siege Project: From the ground zero of rape in conflict: An interview with Dr. Denis Mukwege.

For more about what Dr. Mukwege's work means to women in the DRC, read an article written by World Pulse citizen journalist Neema: FROM CONGO: We Want Our Hero Back, NOW!

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National Action Plan on Resolution 1325

October 31, 2012 is the 12th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. This resolution represented the first time issues such as rape & gender violence in conflict were considered as security issues rather than just as gender issues. TAKE ACTION TO ENCOURAGE YOUR GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT RESOLUTION 1325. 

Take Action Now

Send a letter or email to your Head of State asking your country to develop and implement a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security!

Here's how!

Step One:

Find out if your country has released a National Action Plan on Resolution 1325. 

For a list accessible to those using screen readers click here.

Step Two:

If your country is on the list:

Great first step! This means your country has made a commitment to include gender issues such as rape and gender violence in their security agenda. Check out the Peace Women website for more information about your country’s action plan and how well it is being implemented. http://www.peacewomen.org/naps/

Write to your Head of State to encourage them to ensure that their National Action Plan is being effectively implemented and to address any issues that may be undermining the implementation. Use the following letter or email template.

Include web@stoprapeinconflict.org in the CC (carbon copy) of your email so that we know you took action!

Feel free to personalize the letter or send it in your own language!

Click here for a contact list of Heads of State around the world.

For ideas on what to write in your letter click here to download our sample letter asking your Head of State to support the effective implemention of your National Action Plan!

If your country is NOT on the list:

Tell your Head of State you want your country to make a commitment to women, peace and security and implement a National Action Plan.

Write to your Head of State to encourage them to support the development of a Natoinal Action Plan for your country. Use the following letter or email template.

Include web@stoprapeinconflict.org in the CC (carbon copy) of your email so that we know you took action!

Feel free to personalize the letter or send it in your own language!

Click here for a contact list of Heads of State around the world.

For ideas on what to write in your letter click here to download our sample letter asking your Head of State to support the development of a National Action Plan!

 

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Vote Malya

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Haitian women's rights activist Malya Villard-Appolon has been named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 - now it is our job to vote!

Villard-Appolon has for years worked to provide support to survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. In 2010, her work became even more vital when the devastating earthquake triggered massive displacement. Women were left increasingly vulnerable and sexual violence increased.

A survivor of sexual violence herself, Villard-Appolon founded KOFAVIV in 2004. The organization works to meet the immediate needs of rape survivors in camps and develops community-based anti-violence strategies to increase women's human rights.  KOFAVIV has supported more than 4,200 rape survivors in Haiti, helping them find safety, psychological support and legal aid.  Alongside Villard-Appolon and KOFAVIV, Haitian women are now advocating at the national and international level to stop violations of women's human rights.

VOTE NOW

Stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence in Haiti - you can vote for Malya at CNN Heroes up to 10 times per day for each of your email addresses. Share with your friends and help Malya and KOFAVIV receive $250,000 for their life-saving work to protect and empower rape survivors in Haiti.

LEARN MORE

Read more about Malya Villard-Appolon on the CNN Heroe's 2012 website.

Read more about sexual violence in Haiti and KOFAVIV's work to stop rape on our Campaign partner, MADRE's, website.

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Support Fatou

On June 15, 2012, Fatou Bensouda assumes the role of Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict welcomes and supports Fatou in her new role, as well as the increasing visibility of gender justice on the Court’s agenda. TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT FATOU!

Meet Fatou

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A Gambian national, Bensouda is the first woman and the first African to take up the role of Chief Prosecutor of the ICC. She is an experienced lawyer, in Gambia and then at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She has served as the ICC’s deputy prosecutor for the past eight years, before taking on this role.

The ICC serves a critical role in ensuring comprehensive justice of conflict-related rape and gender violence. In countries such as Burma, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya—rape is used as  a tactical weapon, often perpetrated with direct consent or ordered by military commanders and government officials. Prosecuting not only the perpetrators of rape, but the architects of violence is vital for preventing future conflict and providing restorative justice to survivors.

However, the Chief Prosecutor will only be as effective as the support and mandate she receives from the international community.

 

Take Action Now

Send a letter or email to your Head of State asking your country to Support Fatou: provide the new Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court with a mandate for effective gender justice!

Tell your Head of State you want your country to ratify the Rome Statute and be part of the International Criminal Court.

Tell your Head of State you want your country to donate to the ICC Trust Fund for Victims earmarked pool for victims of sexual and/or gender-based violence.

Contact information for Heads of State.

 

Here's How:

STEP 1

Check if your country is on this list - these are all of the countries that have ratified the Rome Statute and are party to the ICC:

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If your country is on the list: great first step! It means your country has signed on to the International Criminal Court and actively supports the Court's functions. This also means that perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed within your country after July 2002 can be prosecuted at the ICC.

If your country is NOT on the list: tell your Head of State you want your country to ratify the Rome Statute and be part of the International Criminal Court.

For ideas on what to write in your letter click here to download our sample letter asking your Head of State to support ratification of the Rome Statute in support of Fatou & gender justice!

Click here for a contact list of Heads of State around the world.

 

STEP 2

Is your country on the list and has already ratified the Rome Statute? There are still many actions your government can take to Support Fatou and gender justice!

Write to your Head of State asking your country to make a first time donation to the ICC Trust Fund for Victims earmarked pool for victims of sexual and/or gender-based violence. The Fund is vital for providing reparations to survivors who testify at the Court.

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For ideas on what to write in your letter click here to download our sample letter asking your Head of State to push for your country to donate to the ICC Trust Fund for Victims earmarked pool for victims of sexual and/or gender-based violence in support of Fatou & gender justice!

Click here for a contact list of Heads of State around the world.


To send a letter to your Head of State asking your country to ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC.

To send a letter to your Head of State asking your country to donate to the ICC Trust Fund for Victims earmarked pool for victims of sexual and/or gender-based violence.

Contact List of Heads of State in countries around the world.

 

 

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