International Day of Peace

The U.N. International Day of Peace, established in 1981 and observed all over the world, provides an opportunity to commemorate and strengthen, “the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and people.” This year, the theme will be “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” Such a day recognizes that poverty – a contributing factor impacting rape as a weapon of war – and development are both mutually reinforcing and interdependent.