Groundbreaking International Campaign Seeks Justice and Reparation for Women and Girl Survivor of Wartime Sexual Violence

Friday, July 23 2010

Canadian-led campaign unites women's organizations on six continents

TORONTO - Women and girls who suffer acts of sexual violence in times of conflict are too often forced to endure the stigma, prejudice and exclusion that accompany being labelled a victim of such crimes by their societies. Changing these attitudes and ensuring women and girl survivors are provided with adequate reparation and remedy needed to rebuild their lives and communities is the focus of a new international campaign led by the Rights & Democracy-based Coalition for Women's Human Rights in Conflict Situations.

This groundbreaking campaign aims to correct the systemic flaws of national truth and reconciliation initiatives and existing reparation schemes and to inform those being developed by the International Criminal Court.

The campaign and its Nairobi Declaration were introduced Thursday, May
17 at a press conference co-organized by the Coalition and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. The event heard from leading women's
rights advocates and Coalition members from Sierra Leone, Peru and Canada, including:

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