The American Prospect featured the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict's launch in a five-series column by Jaclyn Friedman.
Read the articles to discover top reasons to join, why the Campaign is important, and even an interview with the Nobel Women's Initiative Executive Director Liz Bernstein.
Friedman is the author of What You Really Want: The Smart Girls's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, and editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. She is the executive director of Women Action & the Media, and a charter member of CounterQuo, a coalition dedicated to challenging the ways we respond to sexual violence.
Let's End Rape in Conflict, 14 May 2012
"They're women who believed that the world could be more just than it was, then started acting to make it so. There is no magic here. We can all do the same thing in our own ways. This campaign can only succeed if we do."
George Clooney Cares About It, 15 May 2012
"The militias fighting to control the wealth that flows from these mines use rape to bond male fighters to each other (after they’re all forced to participate) and to destroy civilian will to resist their rule. Then we use their products to text each other and play Draw Something. Not sure whether this is an issue you want to get involved with? Too late—you’re already involved. Do something."
Why Sex Matters, 16 May 2012
"Of course being kidnapped and gang-raped by soldiers isn’t the same experience as being raped by some guy you took home after a party. But pretending they have nothing in common is just another way of dividing us, yet again making rape in conflict seem like an "Over There Problem." It also erases a crucial fact, probably the most difficult one we must address if we’re going to really end rape in conflict, or anywhere: rape as a social phenomenon is inextricably tied to the idea that women’s sexuality is dangerous, and must be controlled."
How the Sausage Gets Unmade, 17 May 2012
"Stopping rape in conflict is not the same as “ban land mines now.” The solutions may not be as straightforward as one treaty and everyone sign. But a lot of things are the same: we were told we were idealistic and utopian, and it was never going to happen. The methods and tools we envision are much the same: people getting together from around the world with a common objective and working together. Then make the most of that power of collective political action with strategy and time-bound commitments toward progress." (Liz Bernstein, former Coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and founding Director of the Nobel Women's Initiative)
A Farewell and Friday Round-up, 18 May 2012
"This story about a village in Colombia literally built (as in, they made their own bricks) by and for women fleeing rape and the murder of their families is a perfect example of what's possible when imagination, courage and hard work are combined."