Global: reflections from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
London, 4 July 2014 – Hosted by Secretary of State William Hague and actress and Special Envoy for the UNHCR Angelina Jolie, last week's Global Summit in London took upon itself the impressive task of ending sexual violence in conflict. Armed with the ubiquitous hashtag #TimeToAct, the summit aimed to create "irreversible momentum" that will help, in the words of Jolie, to "apply our protective instinct to the world's most vulnerable people".
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Democratic Republic of Congo: the life of a displaced woman, finding the strength to carry on
Mweso, 8 March 2014 – Fuelled by competition for rich minerals, war, violence and instability have ravaged the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly two decades. With the devastation of the economy and infrastructure, impunity has reigned. Sexual and other forms of violence against women, particularly displaced women, are commonplace. Mapendo is just one of the survivors; this is her story.
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India: I thought I'd be safer here
Delhi, 19 April 2013 – Most women don't want to talk about it. After all, there is nothing to talk about. "Yes, men touch us." "Men grab us when we walk to the market." "Men tell us we owe them our bodies for coming to their country."  For single women in New Delhi's Chin community, harassment is part of their daily life in India. Without language skills, resources, knowledge of their rights or legal status, the women have few outlets to report cases.
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Colombia: conflict normalising sexual violence
Bogotá, Rome, 18 April 2013 – When young mother Rosa Elvira Cely was found dead last year after being brutally tortured and raped by common criminals, thousands joined a march in the Colombian capital to demand justice. For a moment it seemed as if the general public had woken up to one of the most horrendous consequences of the more than 60-year conflict, widespread violence against women.
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Kenya: protecting women and children in Kakuma
Kakuma, 13 March 2013 – Bridging the gender gap and protecting women and children are priorities for most, if not all, NGOs and UN agencies in the camp. Year after year, campaigns are organised to raise awareness of the plight of women, and education and training courses seek to strengthen the position of women. Concerted efforts are made to ensure the many cases reported receive public attention and the perpetrators punished for their crimes.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: education prevents violence and discrimination against women
Goma, 7 March 2013 – For women from eastern Congo, leaving the village or camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to go harvest the fields or look for firewood frequently puts them at risk of sexual violence, including rape, by rebel groups, soldiers or unscrupulous civilians, as well as discrimination and social marginalisation daily.
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Thailand: rising up against sexual violence
Bangkok, 8 March 2013 – Throughout the past decade, international policy makers have placed violence against women during conflict higher on policy agenda, and much has been achieved in parts of the world , but little progress has been made in countries like Burma, where rape is used as a "weapon against those who only want to live in peace.
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Kenya: it's painful but not the end
Nairobi, 28 December 2012 – Mary* wept bitterly as she told the JRS social worker about the multiple rapes she had undergone at the hands of her employer's husband and two sons. "I sacrificed my pride to take up work as a housekeeper because it was the only form of livelihood I could find in Nairobi. Since I fled persecution and the killing of my husband in Ethiopia in 2010, I had to find a means of survival. I was desperate, for without the work, my two young daughters and I would be without food or shelter".
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India: refugee camps put women at risk of violence
Trichy, 31 October, 2012 – For 30 years, civil war devastated Sri Lanka, forcing many Tamils to seek safety in southern India. While Tamil Nadu may be safer than home, for women in the 112 refugee camps across the state, 'safer' is not enough.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: victims of sexual violence find the courage to share their experiences
Goma, 28 September 2012 – It was a day like any other in one of the literacy centres for displaced women, managed by the Jesuit Refugee Service in North Kivu in eastern Congo. But here the students were not just learning to read and write, they were exploring delicate issues of sexual and other violence, as part of a healing process.
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