Ottawa—25 June 2013
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2106 is a significant step forward in bringing perpetrators of sexual violence in war to justice, the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict said today. The Campaign commended the United Kingdom for its continued leadership on this issue and the United States for its commitment to drafting the resolution.
The Campaign strongly supports the resolution’s focus on ending impunity for perpetrators and strengthening existing efforts to investigate and respond to gender violence. A comprehensive strategy to end rape in conflict must also include measures to include women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction initiatives, as noted by several states during the Security Council’s Open Debate on June 24, 2013, and in the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict adopted on April 11.
“This is a good resolution with very strong commitments. The necessity of women’s participation is affirmed, so now it’s time for concrete implementation,” said Madeleine Rees, Campaign Advisory Committee member and Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. “Look at what is happening in Libya – women have effectively been excluded from drafting the constitution. In Syria, women’s voices need to be heard.”
The Campaign noted that the resolution recognizes the need to provide timely assistance to survivors, and joined the Security Council in urging donors to provide sexual and reproductive health services and psychosocial support to conflict-ridden communities.
“Women who are raped in Colombia have very few opportunities to access medical attention in combat areas that are far from medical centres,” said Patricia Guerrero, campaign advisory committee member and Director of Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas (League of Displaced Women). “Limited resources in conflict areas condemn these women to illness, compromising their sexual and reproductive health for life.”
The Campaign pressed the Security Council to make concerted and concrete efforts to assure swift implementation of Resolution 2106. Justice for these communities can be achieved when survivors are at the forefront of change. This means rapid, coordinated international action to provide life-saving support to survivors and to ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace talks.
In Ottawa, Kathryn Semogas, Campaign Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict is led by the Nobel Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative and an Advisory Committee comprised of 25 organizations working at the international, regional and community levels to stop rape. Since its launch in May 2012, more than 700 organizations from around the world have joined. The Campaign demands urgent and bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and calls for justice for all—including effective prosecution of those responsible.