In her speech to mark the official opening of the Regional Meeting on the Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, the UN Women Director in the Kenya office Zebib Kavuma did not mince her words on UN Women's women's empowerment agenda. Please upload her video by clicking on the link below:

The Regional Meeting on the Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. This is a first-ever powerful and coordinated global collaboration between Nobel Peace Initiative Laurettes, international advocacy organisations, and groups working at the regional and community levels in conflict.

Located under the rubric of the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda, the Campaign calls for: powerful and urgent leadership on the local, national, regional and international levels to prevent and stop rape and gender violence in war and conflict situations; a dramatic increase in resources for prevention and protection and for psychosocial and physical healing for survivors, their families and communities including concerted efforts to end stigma of survivors; and justice for victims, including prosecution of perpetrators at national, regional and international levels, and comprehensive reparation for survivors. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 (UNSCR1820) links sexual violence to war tactics, and calls for, among others, adoption of concrete protection and prevention measures to end such violence; while UNSCR1960 calls for the prosecution of perpetrators of war crimes and for ending impunity.

This Regional Meeting stems from the efforts of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s efforts that brought together women activists from Liberia, Sudan and the DRC to meet with African Union officials during the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2013. This was followed by a Laurette delegation to the DRC to stress the urgent need to stop rape and sexual violence, and the current regional Campaign meeting here in Nairobi which is a runner-up to the June 10-13 2014 international summit to be held in UK, London. The London International Conference will be the largest ever and first of its kind to be attended by Government Ministers from 140 countries that have endorsed the 2013 UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict as well as by representatives from Civil Society, grassroots organisations, the military and the judiciary.

This article is courtesy of the Nobel Women's Initiative and Just Associates.