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Women’s Rights Are Human Rights—Rape Cannot Be a Weapon of War

We are horrified not only by the atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel on October 7, 2023, including brutal, violent sexual assault and rape of women and girls but also by the failure in too many quarters to condemn these acts. Silence is whitewashing the gravity of these crimes and sending a message that women are battlefields, and the dehumanization and degradation of their bodies are legitimate. This is wrong. It is grotesque. And it threatens women’s safety and progress around the world. 

We call on all advocates for women’s rights and women’s equality to condemn the use of rape and sexual sadism against women and girls conducted by Hamas on October 7th in Israel.

We were appalled at the unwillingness of a representative of UN Women during a recent interview on CNN to simply condemn Hamas for their mistreatment of women. This shouldn’t be hard.   

Debates about the geo-political aftermath of this horrific attack should not obscure this important fact: Women’s bodies are not battlefields. Rape and mutilation must be universally condemned without equivocation. Those who orchestrated and carried out the mass rapes in Israel on October 7th should be brought to justice for war crimes.   

Silence is consent. Failing to censure is to embolden. 

We urge you to use your platforms and sign your name to the letter to stand up for women and against those who would use rape and sexual assault to demean, abuse, and terrorize women and girls.

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