“Mutilation is harmful not cultural”

To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutiliation/Cutting on 6th February, coalition member World YWCA held a panel discussion at the United Nations in Geneva.

World YWCA General Secretary, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda addressed the acceleration of the adoption and enforcement of legal and policy frameworks to advance the rights of girls  and women to be free of FGM.

For more information click here.

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UK Minister and Archbishop of Canterbury visit the DRC

UK Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds  launched a PSVI funded project this week in Eastern DRC during his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project is being implemented by WWSO coalition members, Tearfund and the Anglican Communion. To read more about the visit go here.

He was joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby who was visiting the region (more information here).



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Help #EndFGM in a Generation

To highlight the International day for the elimination of FGM/C on the 6th February, the UK government Department for International Development (DfID) is raising awareness and asking people to take a stand through social media.

To sign up to their campaign please go here by 11.30am GMT on the 6th February.

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Protecting women and girls in crisis

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.


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Safe – magazine to end violence against children

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


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Faith Community Must Shout for an End to Sexual Violence

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.


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16 days: Coalition member events

To find out more about coalition member events during the 16 days, please view here.

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Reflections from a coalition member

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.

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UN Security Council – Resolution 2106

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.

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‘First Man Standing’ Campaign

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)

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