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Take Action Today to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

May 26, 2011

If you’ve been following my liveblogging at Feministe or my livetweeting at @jaclynf, you already know what a sickening and preventable crime against humanity sexual violence in conflict zones is.

If not, may I recommend reading the hashtag #endrapeinwar? Or a few numbers:

  • Up to 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide.
  • Over 64,000 women were raped in Sierra Leone.
  • Over 40,000 women were raped in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Over 1,000 women are raped every day in Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The good news? There’s something you can do about it. Right now. You can join Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire to TAKE A STAND to end rape in war. Today. Because enough is beyond enough.

It’s easy. Today is the international day of action against sexual violence in conflict. And it only take a few minutes to urge your elected officials, wherever you are, to make ending sexual violence in conflict a top national priority.

Following the unprecedented conference in Montebello, Quebec, where I was humbled to join 120 women from 36 countries to discuss strategies to address sexual violence, the Nobel Laureates took a stand this morning in Ottawa – addressing Canadian parliamentarians and urging them to take the lead to end rape in war. Together we can also take this message to governments all over the world.

Here’s how:

1) Go to the UN Action Stop Rape Now website and download the sample letter asking your elected official for increased action against sexual violence in conflict – and send it!

2) Then take it a step further to tweet or share on Facebook.

3) Make sure to check the NWI blog and follow the #endrapeinwar hashtag. Use it in your posts – let’s make it trend!

And thanks. We can really do this together. I’ve been meeting this week with women who know how to get it done. But it’s going to take all of us.

Sample tweets:

Hundreds of women will be raped today. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging to #endrapeinwar http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

Almost 48 women are raped every hour in Congo. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging to #endrapeinwar http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

Women Nobel Laureates are taking a stand to #endrapeinwar. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging action: http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

Sample Facebook posts:

As you sit at your computer right now, hundreds of women around the world are being raped as a strategic tactic of war. Tell your government: enough is enough! TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your elected official urging them to take action. link: http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

Women Nobel Peace Laureates are TAKING A STAND to end sexual violence in conflict. Why don’t you? Send a letter to your elected official urging them to be a leader by acting to end rape!
link: http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Citrusse permalink
    May 27, 2011 3:01 pm

    Dear Jaclyn, dear all,

    Well first of all I want to say that I follow this site and find it very unique in its dealing with the topic. Very inspiring. I want to say that I am certain that we share the goal to see a world without rape and sexual violence.

    I don’t mean to be negative for the sake of it but I’d like to bring some criticism to the campaign. I careful read the sample letter to send to one’s elected official.

    I think that it might be uneffective. I find it very disturbing and somehow “void” to imagine an end to sexual violence in wars, without putting this goal in a broader context of ending all wars. What I want to say is: there will never be any women-friendly, girl-friendly war. War is about invading a country, killing the Other, destroying a people, being tough, etc.

    Again, what is missing in the letter is a call for a decrease in military spending, and bringing US/NATO/UK/Saudi/French… troops home. Cut military spending. Let’s imagine a world without war, in the same move that we imagine a world without rape. It may sound hippie, but I’m no hippie. We need to critique imperialism and its wars. Arms manufacturers are producing poison and exporting it all over the world, either towards “democracies” or toward dictatorships.

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