Just weeks ago in the West African country of Guinea, countless women were brutally raped in a public stadium when soldiers stormed a peaceful protest. The world reacted with outrage, but Guinea is just the tip of the iceberg.
What happened in Guinea is a visible example of the violence and abuse that threatens women and girls all over the world. In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, 36 women and girls are raped every day. This is the world's shame.
But you can do something to change it. Sign the petition below to urge the U.N. Security Council to appoint a special representative now who can help hold government forces and armed groups accountable for stopping repeated gender-based violence, and assist survivors of rape and assault. This special representative was called for in a recently passed U.N. resolution to protect women and girls from sexual violence, but pressure is needed to ensure urgent action.
Your signature will send a strong signal that the world's response to violence against women is more than words on paper. Together, we can help build an international movement to empower women and girls -- and break the vicious cycle of violence against them.
Please add your name below and encourage your friends to do the same.
While this resolution is a step forward, immediate action on key provisions of Resolution 1888 is desperately needed, namely:
1. The immediate appointment of a special representative of the U.N. Secretary-General who can help hold government forces and other armed groups accountable for stopping repeated gender-based violence and providing adequate and appropriate medical, legal and other assistance to survivors of rape and sexual assault (ref. OP 4).
2. The rapid recruitment and deployment of women protection officers who can immediately contribute to improving levels of protection and delivery of services for survivors (ref. OP 12).
3. Implementation of a field-based "gap analysis" within three months to identify existing weaknesses in the multi-sectoral response and prioritize problems to correct (ref. OP 26).
Time is critical – let's not wait another minute to break the vicious cycle of sexual violence damaging women, girls and their communities worldwide.