Campaign Launches in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict officially launched in Eastern Congo on May 11, with a ceremony in South Kivu’s Bukavu. Organized by Physicians for Human Rights, Panzi Hospital, and Solidarite Feminine Pour la Paix et le Developpment Integral (SOFEPADI), the event brought representatives from over 50 local grassroots organizations together, some coming from as far as North Kivu.

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Worldwide Coalition of Burma Campaign Groups Release Statement of Support

A statement of support for the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict was issued today by the worldwide coalition of Burma campaign groups, to celebrate the Week of Action.

22 groups advocating for human rights and peace in Burma have signed on to the statement. Burma is one of the Campaign's four target countries, where immediate attention to stop conflict-related rape is needed.

Read the full statement below or visit Burma Campaign UK or US Campaign for Burma to download the statement.

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Campaign Launches in Democratic Republic of Congo's Kinshasa

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city of Kinshasa on May 10-11. Events were also held in Eastern Congo, with a launch in Bukavu.
 
An official ceremony on May 11 held at the Carter International Center was attended by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Advisory Committee member Ann Patterson of Peace People and Campaign Coordinator Yee Htun. The ceremony was organized by Solidarite Feminine Pour la Paix et le Developpment Integral (SOFEPADI) and Fonds Pour Les Femmes Congolais (FFC) and was well attended by members of the diplomatic community, international humanitarian organizations working in Congo, local activists, and media.

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Mexican Human Rights Defenders Sign On To Campaign

50 Mexican organizations and 30 individuals - including survivors of sexual torture in Atenco - have pledged their support to the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict.

In a letter organized by Tlachinollan, activists denounce gender violence in Mexico and call on the government to carry out immediate acton to stop rape in conflict, as well as prosecute those responsible for gender violence.

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Week of Action May 6-13: Your Pledges

While our Week of Action may be over, now the real work begins. Thank you for a successful launch and sharing your #IPLEDGE's. We are excited by  every pledge - and are inspired by how far in one week we were able to grow! With just under 2,500 members in 125 countries, this is a truly international Campaign to Stop Rape in Conflict.

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Forum for Young Journalists Marks Launch of Campaign in Khartoum, Sudan

On Thursday, May 10, the Salmmah Women's Resource Centre and SuWEP marked the official launch of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict in Khartoum, Sudan.

The local groups - both on the Advisory Committee - organized a forum for young journalists and media professionals to raise awareness about rape. The goal of the meeting was to engage media outlets and encourage them to publish more information about gender violence.

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This Mother's Day: Pledge Support for the Campaign to Stop Rape in Conflict

Since our launch on May 6, we have been inundated with support. Our members - organizations and individuals around the world - now total 2,000 and membership is growing by the minute. Thank you for connecting with us and sharing your #IPLEDGE for action to stop rape in conflict.

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Canada's Official Opposition Lends its Support to the Campaign

On Wednesday, May 9, Canadian Member of Parliament, Marie-Claude Morin read a statement of support for the Campaign in the House of Commons. Morin is a Member of Parliament with the Official Opposition - the New Democratic Party.

Read the full statement in English here or watch the statement in French below.

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UN Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders Endorse the Campaign

The United Nations Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders has pledged support for the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. The Network, launched in 2009 by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, advocates for the engagement of men to stop violence against women.

The Leaders in the Network are former and current politicans, civil society and youth activists, community leaders, and other prominent figures. MenEngage Africa has added their support to the statement. Read their full statement below.

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The National Union of Guatemalan Women Releases Statement of Support

We would like to thank La Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas (The National Union of Guatemalan Women) for endorsing the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. UNAMG is an independent organization in Guatemala, with an ethnically diverse member base advocating for equality and justice in the country.

Full events with Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum are forthcoming in Guatemala City. Stay tuned for full details. Read the full press release in English and Spanish from UNAMG below.

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