The campaign Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict constitutes the first ever global collaboration between Nobel Peace Laureates, international advocacy organizations, and groups working at the regional and community levels in conflict.
Gender violence, particularly sexual violence is used as a tactical weapon in zones of war and armed conflict. According to the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and 1308 on HIV and Conflict, women and girls are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection during conflict and post-conflict periods. With increased data, research, and media visibility, we are able to demonstrate the widespread nature of gender violence around the world, the campaign coordination says. The Campaign demands urgent and bold 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. At first the campaign focuses on the countries Burma, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya—represent places where immediate, coordinated action is needed. JOIN, ACT, LEARN more about it.
The shame of war: sexual violence against women and girls in conflict by J. Ward; C. Horwood; C. McEvoy; P. Shipman; L. Rumble / Integrated Regional Information Networks, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 2007.
Targeting women: the forgotten victims of the conflict by Amnesty International , 2007.
The war within the war: sexual violence against women and girls in eastern Congo Human Rights Watch , 2002.