The launch of the Campaign signaled a powerful moment of action where organizations and individuals united to amplify the voices of survivors and stop rape in conflict. The Campaign brings together key grassroots organizations in Congo, including Solidarite Feminine Pour la Paix et le Developpement Integral (SOFEPADI), Fonds Pour Les Femmes Congolaises (FFC) and Panzi Hospital.
Since its launch, the Campaign has brought Congolese women and survivors’ voices to international audiences, as global momentum builds towards a tipping point for ending rape in conflict.
In 2012, Campaign members attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York City where they lobbied member states for increased leadership to stop rape at the national and international levels. At the the 20th African Union Summit, Campaign members from across Africa – including Congo – urged Heads of States to make stopping rape a priority on the continent. Weeks later, the Campaign gathered activists at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women to discuss successful strategies for stopping rape in conflict.
The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict supports its grassroots members on the ground who are tirellesly working to prevent sexual violence, protect survivors, and promote the prosecution of perpetrators of gender crimes. Many of our campaigners come under incredible risk, such as our partner Dr. Mukwege of Panzi Hospital who in 2012 survived an assassination attempt. Campaign members quickly mobilized across the globe to call on the Congolese government to take all necessary steps to protect Dr. Mukwege and his family. Further Campaign action upon Dr Mukwege’s return to work was essential to ensuring his safety.
The Women of Congo Speak Out delegation will meet with Campaign partners from February 19 – 26 2014. Meetings will uncover how the Campaign can further unite grassroots activists and organizations in their work to support survivors and end sexual violence in Congo.