GWL Voices strongly supports data collection on violence against women. We need more systematic, reliable, comparable, prevention and response oriented data on Sexual Violence in Conflict. This is critical to inform national and international policy, regulatory frameworks and rapid response and prevention strategies. Data and jurisprudence will also inform efforts on liability and accountability to combat impunity and promote access to justice.
GWL Voices endorses multilateralism as a framework that will succeed in the eradication of violence against women in conflicts, and from GWL Voices members experience, we recognize that the fight against violence cannot succeed without collective efforts between national leaders as well as leaders from other sectors and social strata. We call on leaders from all segments of society to stand up to end violence against women through advocacy and practical actions, including resource mobilization to ensure women’s safety gets the attention it deserves.
We need perseverance, zero tolerance, and adequate resources used in a coordinated and effective way by leadership at all levels. Lack of action is neither an option nor a choice.