Rape as a Weapon of Conflict

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Conference
2005 National Women's Conference
Date
18 October 2004
Decision
Carried

Conference is appalled by the use of rape as a weapon in many conflicts around the world. Rape is used against women by men in these situations to subdue and demoralise them. Rape has nothing to do with sexual desire but is the exertion of power over a group to cause alarm and despondency not only to women and young girls but to all who are connected to them, for example families, partners, children and so on.

The latest example is in Darfur where women and young girls have been raped as part of that ongoing conflict.

Conference instructs the National Women’s Committee to:

1)campaign on the issue of rape as a weapon of conflict and to have rape classified as a war crime;

2)raise this issue with the National Executive Council and through them the International Committee;

3)work with non-governmental organisations to stamp out this insidious practice.