On September 24, 2013 we were present to witness bold political leadership as 128 United Nations member states signed the Declaration to Prevent Sexual Violence in Conflict, a moment which reaffirmed that ending gender violence is an international priority.
The Declaration to Prevent Sexual Violence is an initiative spearheaded by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague. The Declaration calls for the prevention of sexual violence in conflict situations, protection of civilians and survivors, the prosecution of perpetrators and the inclusion of women into the peace building and conflict resolution process.
As an important follow up action, on October 18th, the UN Security Council passed a new resolution calling for women to be integrated into peacebuilding efforts. Measures include improved access to information on the impact of conflict on women and including women in peace talks. The resolution also reaffirmed the need for humanitarian aid to include full medical services for survivors of rape.
Congratulations to all women's rights activists whose work inspired action and made the Declaration and resolution possible! We look forward to continuing our work with political leaders who have pledged action to support women and survivors in conflict zones around the world.
Photo: International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda makes her pledge in support of the Campaign.