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Dr Scilla Elworthy

Founder of the Oxford Research Group

Dr Scilla Elworthy founded Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, and Peace Direct in 2002 to support local peacebuilders in conflict areas. Awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003; three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’; Councillor of the World Future Council, director of programmes World Peace Festival Berlin August 2011.

Voice of a Woman

Today we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Two weeks ago on Armistice Day we remembered those who died in the wars of last century and this. In just over two weeks' time the Nobel Peace Prize will be presented in Oslo to three women. The connection is this. A century ago 80% of the casualties in war were soldiers, 20% were civilians; today that ratio is reversed. In war zones such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, the death toll has reached more than 5 million - the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II - where one of the main weapons of war is rape.
24/11/2011 22:53 GMT