Call for sign-ons: Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict

Monday, May 5 2014

Two years ago, we launched The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict <http://www.stoprapeinconflict.org/>. This campaign brings together Nobel Peace Laureates, civil society organizations and individuals around the world in a powerful, coordinated effort for change.

Recently, a Subcommittee came together to coordinate Canadian actions in support of the International Campaign and to galvanize support within Canada. This Subcommittee emerged from the Women, Peace and Security Network -- Canada <http://wpsn-canada.org/about/what-we-support/>(WPSN-C). *We've developed a set of key messages and calls to action that will be presented to the Government of Canada *in May.

From June 10-13 this year, *the UK is hosting the **Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict* <https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/sexual-violence-in-conflict/about>*.*This is an excellent *opportunity for Canada to take leadership* on this important issue. *The Global Summit is expected to the be largest meeting ever convened on sexual violence in conflict*, and Foreign Ministers from all countries that have signed the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict have been invited.

In light of this, we hope that you will *sign on to the key messages (below) and join us in calling on the Government of Canada to step up*, and *take real and immediate action* to end sexual violence in conflict. Together, we can leverage our experience and help make Canada's impact on ending sexual violence in conflict more powerful and effective.

To sign on, please contact Diana Sarosi at dsarosi@nobelwomensinitiative.org dsarosi@nobelwomensinitiative.org>*by May 15, 2014*. All signatories will have their name and/or organization added to the key messages when we present them to the Government of Canada.

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