Campaign on Sexual Violence Against Women

Monday, July 26 2010

On November 20, 2004, the international Peace and Demilitarization collective of the World March of Women launched a global campaign on sexual violence against women in conflict situations and militarized zones.

The campaign began on November 25, 2004, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It will continue for a year. In the first stage, from November 25, 2004 to May 24, 2005, groups that work with women victims of sexual violence will inventory incidents of sexual violence against women in armed conflict and militarized zones. They will assess the actions undertaken by the government to provide justice to these women and prevent the phenomenon from recurring; they will also carry out lobbying and public education campaigns based on these cases.

The information gathered will be made public on May 24, 2005 (International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament). This information will be used in a publication to be distributed to the participating groups of the March as a tool for national lobbying efforts. The data will also be used in the framework of specific events like International Peace Day, September 21.

Origin for this campaign

Participants in the World March of Women (WMW) International Seminar on Peace and Militarization held September 26–30, 2004, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo decided to launch this campaign. They firmly denounced all forms of violence, sexual, physical or psychological that women are subjected to in conflicts, in occupations, in militarised zones and in their daily lives. Women denounce patriarchy which denies them rights and which creates violence. They also denounce increasing militarism under the pretext of the "war against terrorism" (see Declaration).

Some 40 women participated in the seminar. They came from Burma, Burundi, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo (South and North Kivu), Israel, Uganda, Serbia-Montenegro, Philippines, Rwanda, El Salvador, Sudan, Sweden and Switzerland.

The Seminar was organized by the March’s regional coordinating body, COCAFEM/GL (Concertation des collectifs oeuvrant pour la promotion de la femme dans la région des Grands Lacs). Created in 2000 by women in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, COCAFEM/GL unites women from four groups: PRO-FEMMES of Rwanda, CAFOB of Burundi, CAFED North Kivu and COFAS South Kivu of the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote peace and improve the status of women in the African Great Lakes sub-region. COCAFEM/GL coordinates the Peace and Demilitarization collective of the World March.

The international Peace and Demilitarization collective of the World March of Women coordinates interventions by the World March of Women in the area of peace and demilitarization and seeks to ensure the participation of women in peace processes at the local and international levels.

For more information, please contact :

· COCAFEM/GL :

PRO-FEMMES (Collectif des Organisations Rwandaises Oeuvrant pour la promotion de la femme)
B.P 2758 Kigali, Rwanda
011-250-578-432
profemme@rwanda1.com

CAFOB (Collectif des associations et ONG's féminines du Burundi)
B.P 561 Bujumbura, Burundi
011-257-21 77 58
cafob@cbinf.com

CAFED (Collectif des associations Féminines pour le développement)
B.P 16 Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo – North Kivu
011-250-0840-3216

COFAS (Conseil des organisations des femmes agissant en synergie)
Democratic Republic of Congo – South Kivu011-250-0849-0106

Brigitte Verdière, Communications Officer, World March of Women International Secretariat: bverdiere@marchemondiale.org

See also :The Declaration from the International Seminar on Peace and Militarization

The World March of Women is an international feminist action network connecting grass-roots groups working to eliminate poverty and violence against women. The March is composed of 5500 participating groups in 163 countries and territories.

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