Browse by Theme: Conflict & Fragility

Four days; over 120 states represented at senior levels from ministries of foreign affairs, defence, gender, education, justice and health; over 1,000 civil society activists; unscheduled demos from neglected conflicts and the movement against deportation of rape survivors; movie stars; the mad, the bad, the good (and yes, some of the insane) – this summit was an unprecedented exercise in international events addressing a global policy issue.

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CARE’s discussion event at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict asked panellists to share their experience on what works in engaging men and boys – and what are their practical recommendations for scaling up this work and finding tangible global solutions to the problem of sexual and gender-based violence.

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CARE International is calling for increased attention to engaging men and boys on gender-based violence at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This is not an uncontroversial stance. Some say it risks distracting from, or worse undermining, efforts to tackle violence against women and girls. Others fear that projects to engage men and boys inevitably get dominated by them.

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Over recent years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been a kind of laboratory for different initiatives to tackle impunity for war rape. Last year, the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie visited the DRC and CARE’s projects for survivors of sexual violence in North Kivu province. What are the key lessons that CARE’s Country Director in the DRC, Yawo Douvon, hopes they will take to the Global Summit on ending sexual violence?

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As the world gathers at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, a four-year CARE project addressing gender-based violence in East Africa has shown just what kind of real policy changes can be achieved using joined up advocacy and strong evidence.

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The upcoming global summit (from June 10–13 in London) shines the spotlight back onto the subject of sexual violence in conflict. Newcomers to the subject might gasp and rightly point out: “This is horrifying, this is awful, something must be done!” – and so it must. But some humanitarian practitioners, speaking quietly from the back of the room, might say: “Excuse me, we have been working on this all along”.

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CARE International is holding two public events on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict in London - find out what they are about and who's speaking, and please come along and join us on the day.

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