Press Communique

Call on India to Endorse the Declaration!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's time for India to join other countries in their commitment to end sexual violence in conflict! Call on the Indian government to endorse the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and take concrete steps to support survivors and grassroots activists working for change!

Send an email to India's External Affairs Minister, calling on her to endorse the declaration! 

Here's a sample email to send to India's External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, at

When you send the email, CC, so we know you sent it! 

Subject line: ATTN Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister: Take Leadership to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Dear Minister Swaraj,

As a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, I write to urge you to join other world leaders in their commitment to stop rape in conflict. 

The G8-backed Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and subsequent Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict galvanized public and political support for concrete action to tackle this issue. I urge you to endorse the Declaration and join the global movement to provide support for sexual violence survivors and end the use of rape as a weapon of war.

I also urge you and other world leaders to:

Commit to having policies in place by the time of the 2015 UN Security Council High-Level Review of UNSCR 1325, to ensure women’s participation and independent civil society representation in 100% of peace processes and negotiations. 

Commit sustained resources for the full range of medical, psychosocial, legal and livelihood services for survivors, and increase funding to local women’s organizations providing survivors with these services.

Commit to the development and enforcement of robust national laws to hold perpetrators accountable for sexual violence, with particular focus on training law enforcement officials in investigation and supporting prosecutors to pursue these cases in court.

Along with over 5,000 Campaign members around the world, I look forward to following your work to support sexual violence survivors worldwide. 



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