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The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict

by Oxfam | May 7, 2012

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict campaign is led by the women Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative and an Advisory Committee comprised of 25 organizations. These groups have worked tirelessly on the frontlines to defend women’s rights, amplify voices of rape survivors, and stop rape. They include organizations, like Oxfam Canada, that work at the international, regional, and community levels.

Together we will demand bold and urgent political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice for all—including effective prosecution of those responsible.

Take the Pledge: Join the Campaign online at by signing a pledge of support. You can also make a personal pledge to take an action in your community in support of the Campaign. Every action counts—whether it’s committing to blog and raise awareness, sharing with your social networks, volunteering at a local organization, organizing a film screening or simply lending your voice if you are a public figure. Every action and every person counts.

The Nobel Women’s Initiative’s three pillars—prevention, protection, prosecution—signal a comprehensive effort to stop rape in conflict. We need the political will and resources to prevent and protect, while also ensuring that those who are survivors of rape find the justice and support they deserve.

Our four focus countries—the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Colombia, and Burma—are places where immediate, coordinated action is needed. Within these four countries we know that our united efforts can make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time.

Rape in conflict is not a new occurrence, but with more data and increased media visibility we are now able to demonstrate the widespread nature of gender violence around the world. Rape is a strategic weapon to destroy people, used by state security forces and armed groups around the world.

As we move forward, we know that what lies ahead is a daunting challenge, but together we can make a difference to communities worldwide. We look forward to working with you to Stop Rape in Conflict.

Women Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative
Mairead Maguire, Ireland (1976)
Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Guatemala (1992)
Jody Williams, USA (1997)
Shirin Ebadi, Iran (2003)
Leyman Gbowee, Liberia (2011)
Tawakkol Karman, Yemen (2011)