Today, I'm horrified to say, rape is being used as more than a sick prize for the victor. In rural villages of the Fizi Territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo, rape has been reinvented as a primary weapon of war.
If the war in Congo accelerates again, resulting in still more deaths added to the five million dead so far, the responsibility will fall on those who fail to act now, just as they had failed to act in 1994 to stop the genocide in Rwanda.
Through funding and pressure, the global community has a responsibility to the safety of those skilled and passionate people who are giving their lives to respectfully save others', including now, for Dr. Denis Mukwege.
Turning a blind eye to egregious human rights abuses is a recipe for disaster. The UN Security Council, when discussing the protection of civilians in armed conflict, must hold perpetrators of these abuses accountable.
Violence against women is a global epidemic affecting millions of women daily that presents debilitating obstacles to the development of women, their families and communities, and even their national economies.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Congo region have been forced to flee from their homes - some many times - because men with guns have given them no choice. Others have been massacred, raped or tortured.