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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

UN DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE ELIMINATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT
New York, 21 June 2016

In conflicts around the world, women and girls, men and boys, are subjected to horrendous acts of sexual violence. These acts, rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage, and sexual torture, constitute abhorrent violations of human rights and human dignity.

June 19, 2008, the international community decided to take action to elevate conflict-related sexual violence to the international peace and security agenda. This was done through the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1820. I remember those years that we saw more and more that sexual violence was used as a method of warfare, and it was indeed appropriate to bring to the attention of the Security Council.

Last year, the General Assembly decided to commemorate this breakthrough. The intention was to help to break the silence that so often surrounds these heinous crimes, by designating the June 19 as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

This day reminds us of our mission. We must stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of sexual violence. And we must support those working on the frontlines to fight this scourge.

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

UN welcomes the unanimous adoption of Security Council resolution 2106 on conflict-related sexual violence

Angelina Jolie, actress and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, addresses the Security Council meeting on “women and peace and security”. 24 June 2013UN Women welcomes the unanimous adoption of Security Council resolution 2106 (2013) on 24 June, the sixth resolution on Women, Peace and Security, and the fourth one focused on conflict-related sexual violence. This resolution, which adds greater operational detail to previous resolutions on this topic, reiterates that all actors, including not only the Continue reading