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Jody Williams of the Nobel Women's Initiative says ending impunity is fundamental to stopping rape and gender violence
Jody Williams, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, US, is on the advisory committee of the international campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict and founding co-ordinator of the international campaign to ban landmines. She is a member of the Nobel Women's Initiative
It was only 12 years ago last month that mass rape and sexual enslavement during armed conflict was determined to be a crime against humanity, during the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunals. Fatou Bensouda, who became chief prosecutor of the international criminal court in June, has spoken openly about her commitment to making ending rape and sexual violence a priority with the court.
In a breakthrough on a national level, former Guatemalan president General José Efraín Ríos Montt will stand trial for genocide and other war crimes – including an astounding 1,485 acts of sexual violence against women. This trial will set a precedent because it is the first time that a national court anywhere prosecutes its former president for genocide and crimes against humanity. This demonstrates impunity for such crimes is on its way out.
These are just two signs that the international community is starting to make progress on this issue. It will be a long struggle, but ending impunity is fundamental to stopping rape and gender violence in conflict – or any time for that matter. This is why the international campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict is putting a focus on prosecution. We hear over and over again from rape survivors we meet that prosecution is an important piece – although not the only one – to putting an end to this global plague, to bringing about lasting peace for women.
We are beginning to work with survivors of rape and gender violence in conflict to support them in raising their voices to articulate what survivors need, to move beyond the trauma and stigmatisation brought upon them by the perpetrators. To ensure that our efforts to prosecute and prevent sexual violence are truly effective, we need to be working together. This is what the campaign aims to do.
Where there is support for survivors of rape and a functioning judicial system, survivors are more willing to come forward. But this is certainly not the case in far too many places around the world. The visibility of the problem has helped, but seeing a case through from beginning to end in some places will take more resources, political will and support for survivors of sexual violence as they challenge cultural and social norms.
On a recent delegation to Liberia with the Nobel Women's Initiative, we visited the Peace Hut in Totota, Bong county – a community-based initiative to help bring a measure of reconciliation and justice to survivors of violence. We learned that local women help police track down evidence in rape cases because police don't always have the transportation available to do it themselves. As you can see, visibility only goes so far. Governments still need to ante up resources, and be committed to an effective judicial process.
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This article is about the international campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict. There is no secret that during any armed conflict women always suffer from violence. A lot of offenses against women all over the world are still not prosecuted and even are not considered as a crime. For example, only recently the mass rape and sexual enslavement during the armed conflict in Yugoslavia was determined as a crime against humanity. Very soon, I hope, the former Guatemalan president will stand trial for genocide and 1,485 acts of sexual violence against women. Jody Williams of the Nobel Women's Initiative believes that ending impunity can stop rape and gender violence in conflict.
Political will, support of a government and a lot of additional resources are needed to make this problem visible and to help survivors of sexual violence.
The war changes people. Today, on March 8 you receive presents from men and don't know, how these men will act during the war in a foreign country with another women.

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This article is about the international campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflictsIt is no secret that during any armed conflict women always suffer from violence. A lot of offenses against women all over the world are still not prosecuted and even are not considered as a (to be might be better?) crime. For example, only recently, the mass rape and sexual enslavement during the armed conflict in Yugoslavia was determined as a (to be?) crime against humanity. Very soon, I hope, the former Guatemalan president will stand trial for genocide and 1,485 acts of sexual violence against women. Jody Williams of the Nobel Women's Initiative believes that ending impunity can stop rape and gender violence in conflict. Political will, support of a governments and a lot of additional resources are needed to make this problem visible and to help survivors of sexual violence. The war changes people. Today, on March 8, you receive presents from men and don't know, how these men will act during the war in a foreign country with another women.

Very good, as usual, and good points. 

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Thank you, Jim! Thank you for your help!

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This article is about the international campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict. There (лучше сказать "It is no secret...") is no secret that during any armed conflict women always suffer from violence. A lot of offenses against women all over the world are still not prosecuted and even are not considered as a crime. For example, only recently the mass rape and sexual enslavement during the armed conflict in Yugoslavia was determined as to be a crime against humanity. Very soon, I hope, the former Guatemalan president will stand trial for genocide and 1,485 acts of sexual violence against women. Jody Williams of the Nobel Women's Initiative believes that ending impunity can stop rape and gender violence in conflict. Political will, support of a government and a lot of additional resources are needed to make this problem visible and to help survivors of sexual violence. The* War changes people. Today, on March 8, you receive presents from men and don't know, how these men will act during the* war in a foreign country with another women.

* Here you are referring to wars in general, not a specific war. Therefore, it is more correct to omit the definite article.

Alla, your English is very, very good. I have a difficult time finding anything to correct! Have a great weekend ))

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Have a great weekend too, Peter! I appreciate your help!

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This is a quite marvelous effort by you.   Congratulations.

 

You wrote, "the war changes people" using one of those pesky articles.   Can you see that by using the definite article you restrict your comment to one current conflict.   What you meant, one assumes, is that all wars change people.

Many people say ...war changes people    (I am not sure if that is good English)

The safe option is   ... wars change people

Cars travel quickly.

Birds fly overhead

Tools make work easier

 

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Everything is clear now. Thank you for the patience, John!
Articles are my rakes I like to step on...

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Interesting point! I would opt for "war changes people" and simply so because one war is enough to change anyone. Another reason is that we are not only referring to any particular war in this context but also to the act of war.

Hope you have a good week!

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Thanks.    You will have noticed that I did not make a strong case for or against either.

I think I would say that it is beer (not beers) that makes some women look prettier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(I think I might be in a little trouble!)

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This article is about the international campaign to stop rape and gender violence in conflict. It is no secret that during any armed conflict women always suffer from violence. A lot of Too many offenses against women all over the world are still not prosecuted and even today are not considered as a crimes. For example, only recently the mass rape and sexual enslavement during the armed conflict in Yugoslavia was determined as a crime against humanity. Very soon, I hope, the former Guatemalan president will stand trial for genocide and the 1,485 acts of sexual violence against women. Jody Williams of the Nobel Women's Initiative believes that ending impunity can stop rape and gender violence in conflict. Political will, support of a governmentsupport and a lot of additional resources are needed to make this problem visible and to help the survivors of sexual violence. The War changes people. Today, on March 8 you may receive presents from men and don't know, how these men will act during the war in a foreign country with another women.

Great comment and good language as well!

for me it was difficult to choose between ... even today are not ... and  ... are still not

One wonders when makind will become intelligent enough to realise that we do not need war to resolve political matters?!

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Thank you, Bendw!
It's a rhetorical question, like Что делать? и Кто виноват?
Have a nice day!))