Browse by Theme: Conflict & Fragility

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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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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This policy brief calls on states, multilateral agencies and NGOs to commit to ending sexual violence in conflict by scaling up programmes engaging men and boys, funding frontline services for survivors of gender violence during emergencies, and creating clear National Action Plans on gender-based violence prevention and response.

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The report presents a shocking picture of the extent of gender-based violence in the conflict-stricken country of South Sudan, based on a survey of women's experiences of gender-based violence conducted in 2013 and an analysis of the effect of the subsequent months of fighting, violence and displacement.

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In June, a huge array of governments, NGOs and activists will descend on London for a four day summit aimed at making sexual violence in conflict a war crime as reviled as using chemical weapons or laying landmines. CARE will be at the heart of the action. Here's a preview of what's coming up.

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