The first ever global collaboration between Nobel Laureates, NGOs, and Humanitarian experts to end sexual violence in conflict.
Organizations and individuals around the world have worked tirelessly to amplify the voices of survivors and stop rape. The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict unites us into a powerful and coordinated effort for change.
With over 5,000 members, we are the first ever global collaboration between Nobel Peace Laureates, international advocacy organizations, and groups working at the regional and community levels in conflict.
The Campaign will demand 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. These three pillars of the Campaign Prevent, Protect, Prosecute, signal a comprehensive effort to stop rape in conflict.
The Steering Committee
YOUTh to end sexual violence
Youth2ESV is a youth-led organization dedicated to eliminating sexual violence in conflict. Their mission is to increase the representation of youth survivors, empower and support them to design and implement community based solutions to sexual violence, and raise awareness. Youth2ESV currently chairs the International Campaign.
NWI was established by sister Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams, and Mairead Maguire. Together they use the visibility and prestige of the Nobel Prize to spotlight, amplify, and promote the work of grassroots women’s organizations and movements around the world.
MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that partners with community-based women's groups worldwide facing war and disaster – their sister organizations. Their mission is to advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face.
Physicians for HUman Rights
Since 1986, PHR has used medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Their experts use epidemiology, medical and psychological evaluations, autopsies, forensic anthropology, and crime scene analysis to document serious abuses, including murder, torture, rape, starvation, forced displacement, and civilian attacks.
Dr. Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in 1999 as a response to the devastating war that surrounded his community in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Foundation helps to fund and implement critical programs serving survivors of sexual violence and the broader community surrounding Panzi, and raises awareness about the challenges in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
HRW is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, HRW publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.
Campagna Italiana was started in 2014 after Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams met with the Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso. A national section of the campaign was created to monitor and advance Italy's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, and to advocate the elimination of rape and sexual violence in conflict. It is also being used to coordinate Italian civil society on the advancement of women's rights.
Founded in 1961, Amnesty is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They document and campaign against human rights abuses and violations of international law, no matter who commits them, or where. And, they support the survivors to demand justice. Amnesty also advocates for comprehensive sexual health care, and the eradication rape, female genital mutilation, forced pregnancy, forced abortion and forced sterilization.
SOFEPADI was created in 2006 by community radio presenters following a series of wars in the Orientale Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. SOFEPADI provides support for women and girl survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, documenting their cases, providing medical care, and facilitating in the reintegration of survivors and children born from rape.
"We call on world leaders to ensure women are an integral part of all peace processes."
Solange Lwashiga Furaha, South Kivu Congolese Women's Caucus for Peace
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A staggering number of women around the world will experience rape or other violence in their lifetime. The UN Secretary General says 1 out of every 3.
Organizations and individuals around the world have been working long and hard to stop rape and gender violence in conflict. The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, spearheaded by Youth to End Sexual Violence, is bringing them together to develop and carry out coordinated plans of action to help end this scourge. The Campaign will also press for specific prevention, protection, and prosecution measures and advocate for a dramatic increase in resources to support survivors and achieve justice.