United Nations endorses Declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflictSeptember 27, 2013Thank 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 conflictSeptember 18, 2013Thanks 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.