17 SEPTEMBER 2021
New York -- Friday morning, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted agenda item 134, "International Cooperation on access to Justice for Survivors of Sexual Violence," after it’s unanimous reccomendation by the general committee. Rise, a civil rights accelerator that empowers everyday citizens to pen their own rights into existence, has championed a United Nations resolution that seeks to enshrine access to justice for sexual assault survivors worldwide. This agenda item was introduced by the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations. The adoption of this agenda item marks the first time that the more than 1.3 billion survivors of sexual violence will be recognized in the UN General Assembly plenery agenda, and the first time that the rights of all survivors will be discussed as a standalone issue.
“The adoption of this agenda item is an enormous victory for the 1.3 billion rape survivors around the world,” said Rise founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen. “It cements that we matter. Our rapes matter. Our justice matters.”