Legislation on military sexual violence being debated in US Senate

New legislation to bring justice to survivors of sexual violence in the United States military is currently under debate in the Senate. Sexual Violence within the United State’s armed forces is perpetrated widely against both men and women.

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Breakthrough in Colombia peace negotiations

After a decades-long conflict, Colombia's government and FARC military rebel group have reached what is considered a 'major breakthrough' in their peace negotiations

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PLEDGEWORTHY: November News

The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict has been hard at work around the world to prevent sexual violence, protect survivors and prosecute perpetrators. Together we are making an impact - share our news with your friends and invite them to join the Campaign!

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M23 surrenders in Democratic Republic of Congo

After an armed conflict lasting almost 2 years, leaders of the M23 uprising in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo announced their surrender. The violent uprising brought increased instability to the region, including widespread gender violence.

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UN Passes New Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace & Security

On October 18th, the UN Security Council met for an open debate on Women, Peace & Security. The debate included the presentation of the Secretary General’s 2013 report on women peace and security.

The highlight of the day was the unanimous adoption of a new resolution, 2122, which would break down the barriers hindering women from full participation in the peace process.

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Burma's progress and remaining challenges

Following last months’ historic women’s forum organized by Campaign Advisory Member, Women’s League of Burma, the Burmese government has launched the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women. The forum included prominent policy makers and influencers and ended with calls for amendments to the constitution to offer women greater legal protections as well as to ensure gender equality.

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African Union re-considers relationship with International Criminal Court

Civil Society groups from across Africa are calling on their African leaders to continue to stand against impunity. The African Union (AU) has convened a meeting this week, in part to discuss whether African states will withdraw cooperation with International Criminal Court (ICC) proceedings. Detractors say that the ICC is unfairly focused on prosecuting African war crimes.

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113 Countries Commit to Stop Rape in Conflict with Historic Declaration at UN

The stately UN Conference Room was packed yesterday as diplomats, government officials, women's rights advocates, and other members of civil society gathered to mark the introduction of a new pledge to end rape in war: "The Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict." The work of United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Declaration offered an opportunity for UN member states to redouble their efforts to address gender-based violence in conflict.

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Colombian Women Campaign for Rights of Conflict Displaced Women

Patricia Guerrero is a Colombian lawyer, activist, and founder of the Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas, (Displaced Women’s League). The organization, which is part of the Advisory Committee of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, was founded in 1999 to support women displaced by Colombia’s decades-long internal conflict. 

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Panzi Hospital’s Dr. Mukwege Receives Human Rights First Award

Human Rights First has selected Democratic Republic of Congo’s Dr. Denis Mukwege as the 2013 recipient of its Human Rights Award for his courageous work in treating survivors of rape and sexual violence and for his advocacy on behalf of survivors.  Dr. Mukwege will receive the award in New York City on October 23, 2013.

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