- William HagueUK Foreign Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Angelina JolieSpecial Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
End violence against women in a generation: teach boys and young men to #challengeattitudes and overcome everyday sexism
In June, representatives from over 140 countries came to London for a global summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. They were invited by William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN.
The summit focused on ways to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of warzone rape. But we think this is a real opportunity to go further – to tackle the root causes of violence against women.
To do this we need to shift global attitudes to women – and that means teaching boys and young men to challenge and change attitudes to sexual violence and overcome everyday sexism.
Sickening attacks on women and girls are a daily occurrence around the world – such as in South Sudan, where women are being tied up and raped as they seek safety from the conflict. This is the most vile and extreme form of attack but the picture of discrimination is true world-over – in the UK a poll revealed that around one in three girls (29%) have experienced unwanted sexual touching in UK schools, and at least 750,000 children a year witness domestic violence.
CARE's work in conflict and post-conflict settings has shown that working with men and boys really can break the cycle of violence.
And the Everyday Sexism Project has shown that in the UK, and around the world – whether or not a country is experiencing conflict – the attitudes that lead to abuse and even violence against women are engrained in our societies.
Please sign our petition calling on William Hague and Angelina Jolie to urge governments around the world to include teaching on gender equality and ending violence against women in their national curriculum.
- UK Foreign Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Please seize the opportunity to use your leadership on the issue of Ending Sexual Violence to challenge male attitudes and break the cycle of violence.
I urge you to do all you can to persuade governments around the world to commit to include teaching on gender equality and ending violence against women in their national curriculum.
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