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

Women and girls with children may need special medical and psycho-social support, and this must extend to the children themselves, who can suffer complete rejection.

The shame and social stigma faced by these women and children should be redirected towards the brutal perpetrators of violence.

Mr. President,

We must continue to speak up for the women, girls, men and boys whose bodies for too long have been considered the spoils of war.

I look forward to a strong and unified response from this Council to the concerns raised in my report.

Thank you.