On May 22, 2014, three members of the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C) met with three representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) to discuss how the Canadian government intended to participate in the UK Global Summit End Sexual Violence in Conflict. … Continue reading Open Letter Requesting Political Response to the Objectives of the Canadian Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict
This Summit is just the beginning. We must apply the lessons we have learned and move from condemnation to concrete action. We must all live up to the commitments we have made. Having come together we must move forward with a collective responsibility, showing leadership at all levels on ending sexual violence in conflict. Chair’s … Continue reading After the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict — Now what?
Cross-posted from WPSN-C member World Federalist Movement - Canada TakeAction for June 2014. This week in London, from June 10 to 13, there has been the largest gathering ever on the issue of sexual violence in conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina … Continue reading Network Member Post: The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict is over: What you can do now
A Congolese woman at the Bompata Encampment, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo credit: Marie Frechon/United Nations. Last month, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development released a report by its Subcommittee on Human Rights: A Weapon of War: Rape and Sexual Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic … Continue reading Time to Act: Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: What Should Canada Do?
Padare hosted its first Gender Summer School, which included workshops and knowledge-sharing activities, in 2010. Photo credit: Padare/Enkundleni/Men’s Forum on Gender. The story is familiar. In Zimbabwe, 1 in 3 women and girls are sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. This abuse is usually perpetrated by someone close to the victim – a current or former … Continue reading Time to Act: Men lead efforts to end SGBV in Zimbabwe
Jackson Katz, an anti-violence educator and author, explains how language shapes our understanding of violence against women. On the board, the phrases progressively obscure meaning and shift responsibility from John to Mary, saying (from top): "John beats Mary", "Mary was beaten by John", "Mary was beaten", "Mary was battered", and "Mary is a battered woman". … Continue reading Time to Act: Men – get involved and speak up!
"Families who traditionally do not believe in girls going to school,” explained a Nigerian activist, “will be less likely to see any benefits in sending their girls to school because of the stigma attached to rape and sexual violence." Photo credit: Michael Fleshman / Foreign Policy in Focus The abduction of over 200 girls has sparked … Continue reading Time to Act: Educating girls in Nigeria