End Sexual Violence in Conflict: Global Summit in London
Beginning Tuesday June 10 a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict is open to the public. “ExCeL London” will pick up the work where last year’s summit left off.
“By working together, sharing our knowledge and our experience, mobilising resources and committing our global political will we are determined to end the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence as weapons of war. This crime must not be allowed to continue any further. Now is the time to act.”
~Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, September 2013
The premise of this important meeting is that rape is not an act that can be categorized or qualified. Rather, it is an act of violence that people all over the world have perpetrated against other people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities and beyond. Rape is used as an act of war—a weapon against the sanctity of human life and body. Sexual violence has been perpetrated throughout history. It is a global issue.
Modern issues that feminists, activists, humanitarians and politicians all face are the root causes for sexual violence. Issues like lack of housing, bias against traditionally marginalized groups, and the ingrained belief that women and children are lesser citizens of this world provide the building blocks for a world that tolerates sexualized violence.
If, like me, you are not able to fund a hop across the pond to be there in person I encourage you to follow the Summit happenings on social media. The End Sexual Violence in Conflict Facebook page has tons of informative and interesting posts that will inspire. In the Twitterverse, follow the handle @end_svc and the #TimetoAct hashtag. I can’t wait to see all of the good conversations and ideas that will unfold in London.