Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) joined human rights activists in Suva today to show its support towards the British High Commission’s campaign to Stop Sexual Violence in Conflict.
CCF staff with its Chief Executive Officer, Rev Akuila Yabaki, Board Chair, Tessa Mackenzie, signed the Canvas at the British High Commission office at midday.
Yabaki says he signed the Canvas today not only because sexual violence is a international concern, but it is a growing issue in Fiji which he supports to put an end to.
Fiji is amongst the 148 countries where sexual violence has become a recurring criminal activity and there is every reason that I for one should add my signature in support of Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
What is the Canvas signing and why is it important?
From 10 – 13 June this year the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie will co-host a global summit in London on ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. In support of this the High Commission is taking part in a relay of events happening in 70 countries around the world, lasting the duration of the Summit and therefore invited CCF to support this worthy course.
The British High Commission plans to use this to translate the political commitments made by the 148 countries (so far) that have endorsed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict into practical action to end the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict.
It aim’s to bring together and focus the efforts of the whole international community, including governments, the UN and other multilateral organisations, NGOs and civil society in an ambitious and cohesive programme for change.
By: Kasim Nazeem