Protecting women and girls against violence, Is progress being made?

Violence against women is an intrinsic aspect of the culture of war. As stated by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, women are not just victims of war – they must play an essential part in building peace. Here are a few excerpts from an article she published in the New York Times and which is now available on the website of The Elders.

“In war zones, rape is a weapon. We cannot claim to be serious about stopping war crimes if we do nothing to prevent and punish these heinous acts – and if women are not part of the solution every step of the way. . . . women – and men, too – are at risk of sexual abuse wherever gunfire rattles and militias roam. Like other forms of violence, sexual violence shatters people, families, and livelihoods. It leaves behind a legacy of trauma, making it more likely that the next generation will continue fighting, killing, and allow sexual violence to fester.

A history of modern warfare reveals sexual abuse at almost every turn: according to the United Nations, up to 250,000 Rwandan women were sexually assaulted in three months of genocide in 1994. In Yugoslavia, 60,000 women were abused between 1992 and 1995. Sierra Leone and Liberia jointly witnessed up to a hundred thousand cases over the course of a decade in the 1990s. . . .

Mindsets are evolving. The United Nations Security Council has passed several resolutions recognising the need to include women in peace processes. We need to push the agenda further at every opportunity. . .

The greater aspiration is that societies in conflict will know that war crimes will not go unpunished and that transitional justice can be made available to deal with these abuses swiftly. The stigma will shift from the victims to the criminals. If rape is no longer deemed a warrior’s accepted privilege, we will be one step closer to peace.”

CPNN has carried many articles on progress being made to stop violence against women, especially related to the culture of war. Articles since 2015 are listed here.

A global analysis of violence against women defenders in environmental conflicts

Mexico: Tlaxcala has first place in the list of Women Builders of Peace

Hidalgo, Mexico: Networks of Women Peace-Builders created in Apan, Tula and Pachuca

Bolivia Enacts Law on Femicide, Infanticide & Rape

Mexico: The Alamo City Council promotes a culture of peace among women

Thousands demonstrate in France to stop violence against women

United Nations : UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women

Black-clad women rally in Australia to demand gender violence justice

Over a Million Mobilize for International Women’s Day in Latin America

In Malawi, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto Fights against Child Marriage

Dominican Republic: Government takes action to eliminate violence against women and girls

San Luis Potosi, Mexico: Teachers of the Municipal Educational System Trained against Gender Violence

PAYNCoP Gabon Works with UNESCO to Combat Covid19 Fake News and Violence Against Women

A day without us’: What was the National Women’s Strike in Mexico and why did it take place?

The world went orange: Putting a spotlight on ending violence against women

Honouring the Me Too Movement with the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize

Nicaragua: Peace Commissions contribute to the prevention of violence against women

Dominican Republic: Youth and the United Nations promote a culture of peace

Bolivia: #NiUnaMenos demands prevention to stop violence against women

Argentina: Thousands of women march to the Plaza de Mayo to demand justice for Lucía Pérez

Israeli woman hold mass rallies to protest rising violence against women

France: More people marched in the demonstration #NousToutes than in the demonstration of the “Yellow Jackets”

Google’s ‘#metoo’ moment: Workers walk out over women’s rights

The Nobel Prize for Peace 2018

Morocco and Senegal promote gender equality through media

Mexico: Tlalnepantla Continues Work to Eradicate Gender Violence

Education unions join in the global call to end school-related gender-based violence

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marked around the world

Latin America: What are other countries doing to combat femicide?

Dominican Republic, San Francisco de Macorís: Men’s march to combat violence against women

Ecuador: International Conference on Gender Violence

USA: The ‘Me Too’ Campaign Was Created By A Black Woman 10 Years Ago

Making Waves: Local radio transforming perceptions of gender-based violence in Africa

Creating a new normal, students across Bangladesh say no more sexual harassment

Brazil: Government of Espirito Santo launches movement to stop violence against women

Feminist icons join bid to upend Congo’s rape capital reputation

Mexico: Authorities agree on actions to prevent violence against women

Gravatá, Pernambuco, Brazil: Combating violence against women now in the classroom

Eliminating sexual violence in conflict through the International Criminal Court

Mozambique: Taking steps on the long road to ending violence against women

UN Women: 16 days of activism against gender violence

Mexico: Need to promote a culture of peace, to end violence against women: CEAMEG

México: Necesario promover una cultura de paz, para terminar con violencia contra las mujeres: CEAMEG

Enough is enough: Oxfam seeks to end violence against women and girls once and for all

Guatemala: 28 years of struggle for the life, dignity and rights of women survivors of genocide

India: Buddhist nuns bike Himalayas to oppose human trafficking

Hundreds of Thousands Join Saudi Women-Led Campaign to End Male Guardianship in the Kingdom

Peru: #NiUnaMenos: 50,000 protest violence against women in Lima

No Means No Kenya

Amnesty International: 10 ways we’ve defended women’s rights in the past year

PORTRAIT: Dr. Denis Mukwege, the man who repairs women in eastern DRC

“A Girl in the River-The Price Of Forgiveness”: A Pakistani Film shedding light on the Taboo of our society

Battered women support services commemorates Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

For discussion and articles prior to 2015, click here