Stop Rape Now!

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2009-08-17 08:55:16 / News read 810 reading

There are daily reports of deliberate and widespread sexual abuse in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur, Sudan. Join UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman in an action of global solidarity to help stop rape as a tactic of war. The Stop Rape Now campaign, an effort by 12 United Nations organizations to prevent conflict-related sexual violence, is asking for your help.

How? GET CROSS! Join us in a display of global solidarity: Cross your arms, take a photo and upload it on the Stop Rape Now website. Adopting the UN Action's crossed-arm gesture is an effective way to send the message that sexual terror will not be tolerated. 

Your photo will be showcased on the Stop Rape Now website and in a large global mosaic at the UN Headquarters, showing that people around the world are raising their voices against what has been called one of history’s greatest silences.

In August, the United Nations Security Council will debate an action plan on how to curb this war crime, punish perpetrators and document the atrocities. It will build on Security Council resolution 1820, unanimously adopted on 19 June 2008, to recognize conflict-related sexual violence as a tactic of war and as an urgent matter of international peace and security.


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