Amidst a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where women and girls have been primary victims of civil strife and war, comes a ray of hope.

According to a report from Agence France-Presse, a group of men has launched a movement called V-Men of Congo to protect the rights of women in a country plagued with violence against women. The abuses were well-documented in a widely reported study published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2011. Researchers estimated that 1,150 women had been raped each day in the central African nation during the prior 12 months.

In a statement the group said, “Women’s rights are not only of interest to feminists, it is a global issue, it is our common humanity and the future of our society which is concerned, we must all be mobilized.”

The group aims to “end discrimination and misogynistic attitudes” and calls on people “to break the silence, change the mindsets of our sons and daughters, our sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers and put an end to impunity (and) sexual violence.”

The announcement coincided with the March 7 observance of International Women’s Day.