World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Statement by Stop Demand Foundation


Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict 10-12 June 2014, London


The collective intent by representatives of governments, non-governmental agencies and civil society, to end sexual violence in conflict zones, is to be applauded.

Rape as a weapon of war, mostly by men against women and children, is heinous. Its devastation to victims, families and communities is incalculable.

But how do we end sexual violence in times of war when we cannot end sexual violence in times of peace?

Rape in war, like rape within homes and across communities in all countries through sexual assault, incest, marital rape and stranger rape, does not take place in a vacuum. It is fuelled by beliefs around power, domination, masculinity and perceived entitlement. It is sustained by attitudes that are glorified through pornography, attitudes that permeate global sex markets of prostitution and trafficking and attitudes that are exalted in cultures such as rap music, comedy clubs, sports bars and corporate boardrooms where rape is routinely reduced to a punch line.

Legislation and improved law enforcement will not end rape in times of war, just as it has not ended rape in times of peace.

Although we call on governments, on law makers and law enforcers to end rape in war, ultimately our loudest call must go out to men.

Reducing rape requires a global seismic shift in men’s attitudes on issues of masculinity, power and perceived entitlement.

Rape is within men’s control. It is not inevitable. Rape, and participation in rape culture, is a choice.

We implore men everywhere to step up, speak out and make better choices. Men can end rape in war. Men can end rape.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news