I Pledge to Spread the Word!

Georgia Collins is in her final year at Friends’ School in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. She was part of a group of young women who volunteered at the Women Beyond War & Militarism conference in Belfast from May 28-30, hosted by the Nobel Women's Initiative.  Members of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict from around the world attended the conference. Here, Georgia reflects on what she learned about sexual violence in conflict, and how the personal stories she heard have moved her to act in her own life:

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UK's Cameron Meets with President Kenyatta Despite ICC Charges

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was invited to London to attend the Somalia Conference on 7 May, despite his indictment to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.  During his three-day trip, Kenyatta also met with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague. 

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Ríos Montt Convicted of Genocide!

UPDATE (4 June 2022): On May 29, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court upheld an earlier May 20 decision overturning Ríos Montt’s conviction for crimes against humanity. The Constitutional Court secretary, Martín Guzmán, said the trial needed to go back to where it stood on April 19 to resolve appeal issues. In response to the court’s decision, 1,500 Indigenous Maya marched in protest, while Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum released an open letter.

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On May 10, 2022 former dictator of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide of 1,771 Ixil Maya and crimes against humanity committed during his 1982-1983 rule.

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Mali to Receive UN Peacekeeping Mission

On 25 April, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution establishing a peacekeeping mission to Mali.  The resolution condemns human rights abuses, including widespread rape and violence against women, which have been reported in Mali’s northern region and calls for prosecution of the perpetrators.

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From Our Members: The Viral Rage Against Rape

Guest post by Jensine Larsen, Founder and CEO of World Pulse

Women are beginning to use the web to curb the epidemic of sexual violence -- and to defy simplistic hype.

I was fielding a request from a magazine to interview a Congolese woman activist, when they asked the inevitable question: Is she a survivor of rape? The question hung in the air with the unspoken understanding that if she herself was not a survivor of sexual violence, the story would not be nearly as compelling.

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Campaign Advisory Members: To Stop Sexual Violence, It’s Time to Look in the Mirror

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Sonke Gender Justice's Executive Director Dean Peacock have published an opinion article on Reuters AlertNet on the continuing gender violence in Africa. Both Gbowee and Peacock serve on the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict's Advisory Committee.

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May 2013 Bulletin

Welcome to our monthly bulletin where we bring you updates from the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict and our members around the world!

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From Our Members: Activists on the Rios Montt Trial in Guatemala

Guest Post by Campaign Member Sarah Tofte

In recent months, Guatemala has undertaken the landmark step of putting its former President, Efrain Rios Montt on trial for genocide--the first time a head of state has faced such charges in a domestic court.

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UN Condemns Gender Violence Amid Crisis in Central African Republic

On 29 April, the United Nations Security Council joined with other UN bodies in calling for an end to human rights abuses – including rape and gender violence – in the Central African Republic.  There have been numerous reports of sexual assaults in the capital of Bangui and elsewhere in the country since a coup in late March.

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Somalia to Confront Rape in Camps

The UN Special Rapporteur on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, visited Somalia in early April to highlight rape in the country’s camps for internally displaced people.  The Somali government, in a groundbreaking move, acknowledged the complicity of its own troops in the issue and resolved to take action.

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