View Sir Peter Westmacoot’s (British Ambassador to the United States) blog here about the importance of protecting women and girls from violence, especially in crisis contexts.
Friends of the WWSO, Together for Girls launched Safe, a new digital magazine design to help stop the pandemic of violence against children. This inaugural edition is dedicated to the issue of sexual violence.
The ‘We Will Speak Out’ coalition was given the honour as being named within the top 50 heroes working to end sexual violence. To find out more view the edition http://issuu.com/safemag
Dr. Denis Mukwege (nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2013) writes about the need for the faith community to speak out about sexual violence. View article here.
Dr Mukwege is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he specializes in the treatment and care of survivors of sexual violence.
To find out more about coalition member events during the 16 days, please view here.
The ‘We Will Speak Out’ global coalition recently held a strategy workshop in London, UK. Leila Nimatallah from ‘We Will Speak Out’ US coalition wrote her reflections on the workshop. Further details of the new strategy will be made available via the website in the near future.
UN Security council adopts Resolution 2106, which emphasizes more consistent and rigorous investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes as a central aspect of deterrence, and ultimately prevention. (June 24, 2013). For more information, click here.
Coalition members, Restored are in the media talking about their ‘First Man Standing’ Campaign… which engages men and boys in the prevention of violence against women. (Guardian Newspaper, 8th March 2013)
The Global Fund for Women along with grantees in India, the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, and sister organizations have launched a petition to the United Nations, under Ban Ki-moon’s leadership, to pressure world leaders to make ending sexual violence a top priority. If you would like to sign it, please go here.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams annual World AIDS Day message focused on the link between HIV and gender-based violence, Dr Williams said ‘HIV/AIDS is regularly both the cause and the result of gender-based violence. It results often from rape, from unacceptable and degrading sexual practices. It’s the result of attitudes towards women that demean them, that deny their human dignity…HIV/AIDS is also the cause of violence; it’s the cause of stigma and rejection, and suspicion.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe have responded to an open letter from Gracia Violeta Ross which was sent following the ‘Silent No More’ launch in March 2011.
To view their joint written response about the role of faith communities in responding to sexual violence, visit here.