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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF
SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT New York, 19 June 2016

 

The world continues to witness appalling levels of sexual violence in wartime. No region is immune to this scourge, which continues to affect women, girls, boys and men.
There has also been clear progress and unprecedented political momentum to address these crimes.

Sexual violence is now widely recognized as a deliberate strategy used to shred the fabric of society; to control and intimidate communities and to force people from their homes. It is rightly seen as a threat to international peace and security, a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, and a major impediment to post-conflict reconciliation and economic development.

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

 

sexual_violence_2This 9 June will mark the first ever observance of the newly established International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The Day aims to raise awareness of the need to end conflict-related sexual violence, to stand in solidarity with the survivors of sexual violence around the world – be they women, girls, men or boys – and to pay tribute to all those working on the front-lines, often at great personal risk, to eradicate this scourge.

Website: www.un.org/sexualviolenceinconflict.

Statement to the Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Security Council, 02 June 2016

Ladies and gentlemen,

Sexual violence is widely recognized as a deliberate strategy used to shred the fabric of society; to control and intimidate communities and to force people from their homes. It is rightly seen as a threat to international peace and security, a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, and a major impediment to post-conflict reconciliation and economic development.

This Council has played a significant role in ushering in this change, in particular through several landmark resolutions that confirm sexual violence as a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a constituent act of genocide.

The designation of 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is a further sign of heightened engagement and commitment.

Mr. President,

Over the past decade, I have sought to do whatever I can to end sexual violence in conflict and uphold the rights of women and girls everywhere.

General Assembly Adopts 5 Resolutions, 1 Decision Including on Conservation of Marine Biological Diversity, Eliminating Sexual Violence in Conflict

UN General AssemblyAddressing a range of items on its agenda, the General Assembly today adopted five resolutions and one decision, including texts on the Law of Sea, on the establishment of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and on achieving peace in Africa by 2020. In adopting, without a vote, a 46-paragraph resolution titled “Implementation of Continue reading

Tackling sexual violence in conflict against men and boys

Special Representative Zainab Hawa Bangura. UN Photo/Cristina SilveiroShame, stigma, devastating health repercussions, criminalization, decreased livelihood opportunities, and a lack of services are just some of the challenges in tackling conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys, participants at a United Nations meeting concluded. Continue reading