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Now is the #TimeToAct

by Human Rights at FCO category: Cause

“I am calling for all UN countries to sign up to end the use of #sexualviolence in #conflict. It's #TimeToAct http://thndr.it/TGOAeN

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Now is the #TimeToAct

Sexual violence is used in conflict as a way to humiliate and destroy communities. A culture of impunity means that millions of women, children and men who have survived sexual attacks in war rarely see any form of justice, and perpetrators are able to commit these horrific crimes without fear of any consequences. 

In May 2012 the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Angelina Jolie launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative in London. On 24 September 2013 they will call on members of the United Nations to sign a new Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence, containing political and practical commitments to end these abhorrent crimes.

We need to create an irreversible global momentum to shift the stigma of shame from survivors to perpetrators. By adding your voice, calling for members of the United Nations to sign up to this Declaration you are sending a strong message to politicians around the world that now is the time to end the use of rape as a weapon of war.

You can find out more about the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative at http://preventsexualviolenceinconflict.tumblr.com and by following @FCOHumanRights #TimeToAct



  • United Nations endorses Declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict

    September 27, 2013
    Thank you to everyone who supported our Thunderclap. Your message to the United Nations has contributed to a global call to end to sexual violence in conflict.

    As of today, 119 countries have endorsed the UK-led Declaration of commitment, a major milestone towards global action to end these crimes. We hope to see more countries endorsing the Declaration in the coming days.

    The Declaration contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. It sends an important message to the survivors of these crimes that the international community has not forgotten them, and to the perpetrators that they will be held to account. You can read the full text of the Declaration here.

    The UK and our partners will continue to work to make this issue an international priority, shatter the culture of impunity for rape and sexual violence in conflict and lift the stigma of shame from survivors.

    You can find out more about the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative at http://preventsexualviolenceinconflict.tumblr.com and by following @FCOHumanRights #TimeToAct

    Thank you again for your support.



  • Thank you for speaking out against sexual violence in conflict

    September 18, 2013
    Thanks to everyone who has signed up to our Thunderclap. We're delighted that so many people have joined us in speaking out against sexual violence in conflict.

    We are working hard to get as many countries as possible to sign up to the UN Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. Many have already said they will endorse the Declaration, but we want many more to do so. Everyone who speaks out in support sends a message to governments, the international community and survivors of sexual violence that this is an issue which we can no longer be silent about.

    We'd love to double our number of supporters before 24 September when the UN meeting on the Declaration takes place, so please continue to spread the word and encourage others to sign up too. Thanks again for your support.



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Human Rights at FCO
@FCOHumanRights

The UK Government is calling for international action to address the problem of sexual violence in conflict.

The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative was launched by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Angelina Jolie in 2012. It is working to replace the culture of impunity for sexual violence committed in conflict with one of deterrence - by increasing the number of perpetrators brought to justice both internationally and nationally; by strengthening international efforts and co-ordination to prevent and respond to sexual violence; and by supporting states to build their national capacity. #TimetoAct

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