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Take the Pledge to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict

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"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."
—Congoleezza, World Pulse Correspondent (DRC)

Nobel women laureates, international advocacy organizations, and grassroots women’s groups working in conflict areas around the world have come together to launch the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, uniting organizations and individuals into a powerful and coordinated effort for change.

The campaign has identified four focus countries where immediate 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.

Visit their website to join the campaign and to pledge your commitment to demanding political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and to call for justice for all—including effective prosecution of those responsible.

Comments

Precious M's picture

Great Campaign

Women need to be set free from these vices. They are physically and emotionally frustrating. I love the campaign.

My pen speaks

Wendyiscalm's picture

Wendy Stebbins

I totally agree with you. And I am sure you are thinking, as I am, how to best help even if it is in a little way.

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.

My small NGO focuses on Livingstone Zambia. The same problem exists there.

I know these extraordinary leaders have taken into account all of the hidden traditions that make it necessary to tread softly yet firmly. For example, in Livingstone Zambia and Rwanda I know if a wife cooks a chicken for her husband and even tastes one little morsel of the gizzard, she can be beaten badly. It puts a new spin on how to deal with assertiveness. Even now at a 5 star hotel spa in this developing country (Zambia), the spa manager told me when the female employees get their pay their husbands are at home waiting to take it.

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.

Precious M's picture

Nice to meet you, Wendy

Dear Wendy,

It is my pleasure to meet someone with such passion. I must commend you for the work you are doing there in Zambia. I can see there is still a lot of male chauvinism in your society. Keep the flag for women flying high.

Precious

My pen speaks

kotravai's picture

In solidarity

M.A.S.E.S is in solidarity with this campaign. The campaign messages & articles will be shared on its blog.

http://masessaynotosexism.wordpress.com/

rgds
kotravai.

Kotravai
M.A.S.E.S - Movement Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexism

Nous femmes de l,est du Congo nous avons mal de la guerre puisque c,est la qui en souffre.le problème tombe toujours a la tête de la femme .si on tue votre conjoint par exemple le charge tourne sur la femme seule avec une traumatisme de la guerre qui peut être une remède pour cette femme pareil.moi même j'ai vécu une telle situation dans ma famille

Merci mes amies

Kadidia's picture

Les femmes dans la guerre

Adele,

De l'etranger nous suivons la situation au Congo, et personnellement je ressens un sentiment d'impuissance devant un tel manque de respect de la femme.
Je pense que nous les femmes, chacune dans sa famille devrait revoir la maniere dont on eduque les enfants et arreter de mettre le garcon a un niveau superieur a la fille. Il est prouve que les inegalites commencent dans la famille.

Kadidia Doumbia

Jacky Kowa's picture

Let's talk 'self control'

I know how well our HIV/Sexual and reproductive health guides or manuals has really helped in our small sessions in the community.
Time need to be spent more on 'values' and 'self control' topics before going to the healthy consequences.It all boils down to, how well can our men control themselves to not hitting a woman who ate this sweet part of the chicken!? I remember it was my Mom who beat me up if she found out that I ate the gizzard!

Can our men and women really control themselves to prevent rape and gender violence?

I will revisit the discussion guides to ensure that topics such as 'self control', values, assertiveness and better communication skills are discussed more in our community small group sessions.

Hats off to this campaign!!!!

-Jacky

Wendyiscalm's picture

HIV INFO

Interesting about the chicken and gizzard.

Also, I thank you for the information about the self-control. I had a man who had AIDS for 3 months come to talk to the street orphans I sponsored at the time. But I can see from your post that I need to actively each time have a male give information and discuss this with them. Thanks for the suggestion and for untimately helping in Livingstone Zambia.

Wendy Stebbins
NGO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION

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.

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