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Join World Pulse in Pledging to Stop Rape in Conflict

"The time for the world to act is NOW against this deadly plague, which began against women, but has now metastasized to the minds of our sons."
—BlueSky, World Pulse Correspondent (DRC)

Nobel women laureates, international advocacy organizations, and grassroots women’s groups working in conflict areas are coming together this week to launch the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict.

As an advisory committee member, World Pulse joins the Nobel Women's Initiative and hundreds of organizations and individuals worldwide, in demanding urgent and bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice—including effective prosecution of those responsible.

“I witnessed the power of women coming together and demanding a stop to violence in Liberia. Now when we all come together—men and women side-by-side all around the world, and say no to rape, no to gender in-equality—I believe that we will be able to shake the world into hearing what we have to say.” —Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate (Liberia)

Sunday, May 6 marked the campaign launch and kicked off a Week of Action with events around the world and online to mobilize support for the campaign and to bring awareness to decision makers, media, and the general public.

The campaign has identified four focus countries where immediate, coordinated action is needed and where united efforts can make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Colombia, and Burma. World Pulse correspondents will be covering launch events this week in Bukavu, DRC and Nairobi, Kenya.

Based on increased research, reports, and data demonstrating the significance of rape in conflict zones, we now know that rape is not a by-product of war but a strategic weapon to break women, their families, and communities.

Within the entire country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 400,000 women were raped between 2006-2007. The high number demonstrates how gender violence has moved beyond regions where military operations take place and violence is a factor in daily life, with 48 women raped every hour. On the opposite side of the world in Colombia, the most recent survey on gender violence found that in the 407 municipalities facing active insurgencies, almost 500,000 women reported being raped between 2001-2009—six women raped every hour.

These shocking statistics only tell part of the story and are often inaccurately low based on the extreme stigma attached to survivors and the failure of reporting mechanisms.

In the World Pulse community, women confirm that gender-based violence is the priority issue for women around the globe. They report on the real consequences of violence, both personal and observed, along with their solutions for protecting and valuing girls in every society—both within and outside of conflict zones. They remind us that the situation in Congo, Colombia, Kenya, and Burma is dire—and not isolated.

"There’s a psychological indoctrination taking place, which perhaps gets its footing from the years and years of conflict wars. But continuing poverty, injustice, and lack of accountability have given rise to a cultic mentality that women only exist for the sport and service of men. Things have devolved to the extent that there’s now no conscience against any form of violation, including torture, mutilation, or even murder." —BlueSky, World Pulse Correspondent (DRC)

"Somali women suffered our share of rape during and after the civil war. Today we suffer as refugees in foreign camps. Rape is a taboo topic, a four-letter word. And for the women who have to bear its ugly pain, it is a lifetime sentence handed down repeatedly by neighbors, friends, and compatriots."
—Ruun Abdi, World Pulse Correspondent (Somalia)

"There is hope for Afghan women, but we will need help from other women around the world. We also need to hold on to our identity. We want the world to hear us that we are not ashamed to be Afghan women." —Parwana Fayyaz, World Pulse Correspondent (Afghanistan)

Stand with us, join the campaign to Stop Rape in Conflict, and pledge your support!

Comments

Nakinti's picture

I am in!!!

Cameroon is not left out when we talk about rape. Sometimes when i look at the situation of Cameroon, i wonder what war and post war countries like the DRC are facing. I am so into the campaign to stop Rape in Conflict zones.
Thanks.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

sridevi6's picture

RAPISTS SHOULD BE HANGED.

My sincere view regarding rape is that child molesters should be hanged to death, and other rapists should be given life time imprisonment without any bail help.
Because this heinous crime has a very bad emotional and psychological impact on the victim, which causes a lot of trauma throughout their lives.
Children are very innocent, who do not have any idea of what is being done to them They are so pure at heart like tender flowers blooming, Perverts who molest children should be mercilessly hung to death. 10 capital punishments would prevent such crimes occurring in future.
Please help the children. They need to be counselled by their parents or guardians regarding dealing with strangers and Parents also should be very cautious.

Regards
Sridevi

mmutla's picture

Corrective Rape in South Africa

I am fed up with South African men raping and murdering lesbian women for being themselves. Every week, some where in South Africa, a lesbian women is either raped or killed. How are we supposed to live? Where do we have to go to live our lives with peace. We are still young, i am 20 years old and i have dreams to accomplish. But how am i going to accomplish my dreams when a South African man wants to take my life away from me? My family depends on me, so if i get killed, then my family is going to suffer for the rest of their lives. I am their only HOPE! This corrective in SOuth Africa needs to stop. A women should be respected no matter what sexuality one is. The worst thing is that our government is not doing anything about it

Best,
D.Mmutla

Power and control by men all over the world is a very deep, ingrained, multilayered problem that requires many well researched,l well planned and extremely well executed solutions.

Never has the South African word UBUNTU been more important. I am who I am because of who we are together.

I am putting on my thinking cap and going to think of one small step I can take towards make rape an archaic world and practice. I believe actions speak louder than words and that NOBLESE OBLIGE, with privilege comes resp[nsibility.

Wendy Stebbins

P.S. I got my first step. I am registering for the World Pulse conference in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. as a start. What are you doing?

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Sanjay Dixit's picture

Solving the problem of Rape

We talk about rape. We know that girls/women get raped and it is a
matter of grave concern.
It is important to understand why does a person rape. Power
and control is a much too simplistic way of looking at rape.
There must be some antecedent conditions that eventually lead
to rape - the cause effect conditions have to be understood.
A scientific study of the cause effect conditions is required.
Globally the causal factors behind rape have to be understood
and remedial solutions have to be made available for averting
the condition of rape. This is very much possible. All it
requires is sincerity and dedication to see that it is done.
From:
Mr Sanjay Dixit,Mumbai,India

sanjay r. dixit

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