PLEDGEWORTHY: August News from the Campaign

Around the world, members of The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are working to prevent sexual violence, protect survivors of rape in conflict and prosecute perpetrators. Here's your monthly roundup of events and what's on the horizon.

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PLEDGEWORTHY: July News from the Campaign

Around the world, members of The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are hard at work. Together, our efforts to prevent sexual violence, protect survivors and prosecute perpetrators are making an impact.

Here's our latest roundup. Share our news with your friends and spread the word!

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SOFEPADI President Julienne Lusenge Honoured by French Government

In honour of the French national holiday Bastille Day, Julienne Lusenge, one of the leaders of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the Government of France. This is the highest honour that the French Government can bestow on an individual. During a ceremony in Bukuvu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday, 8 July 2013, Lusenge received the award from Yamina Benguigui, the French Minister Delegate for the Francophonie, and Valerie Trierweiller, partner of the current French president François Hollande. 

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Dispatch From Cairo: HarassMap Works to Keep Women Safe As Sexual Violence Escalates

Rebecca Chiao, Campaign Member and Co-Founder of HarassMap

3 July 2022

I co-founded the organization HarassMap in December 2010 as a response to the persistent problem of sexual harassment against women on the streets of Egypt. Our online map tracks incidents sexual harassment and violence. HarassMap’s grassroots campaign works to combat permissive attitudes about sexual harassment and violence against women, to stop making excuses for perpetrators, and to convince witnesses to intervene. We do this in part by recruiting volunteers who convince people in their own neighborhoods to agree to stand up to perpetrators and to protect individuals who face harassment. In recent days, as new, protests have erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other areas of Egypt our work to protect a woman’s right to protest has become more important than ever.

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Sexual Violence Increases as Egyptians Take to the Streets in Protest

Reports of sexual violence have multiplied in the wake of recent protests against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood government. Over the past several months, Egypt has experienced political gridlock, with Egyptians increasingly questioning the ability of the Muslim Brotherhood to govern the country, resolve persistent economic problems, and negotiate compromises with non-Islamist political parties. 

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UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict

On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council held an Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Chaired by United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague, the debate resulted in a new Security Council Resolution drafted by the United States.  The debate focused primarily on efforts to fight impunity for crimes of sexual violence in conflict and methods to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. 

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From Geneva to New York: Developments at the United Nations

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva passed its annual violence against women resolution on Friday, June 14.  Canada chaired the process for negotiating the resolution, which does not provide for sexual and reproductive health services for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. 

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A 'Framework of Hope' for DRC

High-level officials from the United Nations (UN) have been actively promoting a new peace deal for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The agreement was signed in February by eleven African leaders and aims to finally bring peace not just to the DRC, but to the broader Great Lakes region of Africa.

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Canada Ignoring Rape Survivors' Needs

On Monday, June 10, Canada introduced the annual resolution on violence against women at the 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.  The resolution, which is expected to pass when the session ends this week, fails to acknowledge the importance of providing access to sexual and reproductive health services for survivors of sexual violence in conflict.  This is a step backward and contradicts Canada’s previous record of support for women’s rights issues in Canadian and international law. 

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June 2013 Bulletin

Welcome to our monthly update!

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict and our many members around the world are breaking down barriers. Here is a round-up of the Campaign's latest activities and important news items. We hope you will forward to your friends and encourage them to join the Campaign!

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