DR Congo: UN officials hail landmark convictions, life sentences in Kavumu child rape cases

The United Nations envoys dealing with sexual violence in conflict and the head of the Organization’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have welcomed the conviction of 11 Congolese militia fighters for raping dozens of children – including an 18-month-old toddler – in the vast country’s restive east.

Perpetrators, not victims, should be shamed for conflict-related sexual violence – UN report

Survivors of sexual violence in war zones need to be recognized as legitimate victims of conflict and terrorism, and not blamed, stigmatized or shamed, the United Nations has said in an annual report to be presented to the Security Council.

Reproductive health a "human right" says young Ghana activist

A youth activist from Ghana is urging African governments to prioritize the sexual and reproductive rights of the continent’s young people.

Asenam Amuzu represents a non-profit called Dance4Life which empowers young people to protect their health and promote safe sexual choices.

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UN-backed committee launches guides to assist aid workers in curbing sexual exploitation

A United Nations-backed inter-agency committee today launched two guides to assist aid workers worldwide in setting up sexual exploitation and abuse prevention and response systems in humanitarian settings.

‘We must not allow protectors to become predators’ – UN field support chief

With 99 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse uncovered by the United Nations in 2015 – 69 of these in countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed – the Organization is today presenting its latest report on special measures to protect people from these crimes.

UN official welcomes Sudan’s pardon of journalists prosecuted for reporting on rape

The United Nations official spearheading efforts to combat sexual violence in times of conflict today welcomed a presidential pardon granted by the Sudanese authorities last week to local journalists prosecuted for reporting on cases of alleged rape.

Rapists, not reporters, must face criminal charges in Sudan, says UN envoy

A senior United Nations official today voiced her concern after a Sudanese court jailed a journalist for covering the case of an alleged rape of an activist by security forces, stressing that it is the perpetrators that must face criminal charges, not those reporting on such crimes.

Sexual exploitation of children on the rise in Mauritius, UN rights expert warns

Mauritian children are increasingly vulnerable to sexual exploitation, due to a combination of poverty, family dysfunction, social taboos, alcohol and drugs, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

UN officials urge countries to remove criminal sanctions based on sexual orientation

Top United Nations officials today appealed to all countries that criminalize people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity to reform such laws and to ensure the protection of basic human rights for all.

Venezuela: UN agency provides training to help combat sexual violence

A United Nations-backed project in Venezuela has trained dozens of government officials and security force members on how to prevent sexual and gender-based violence and provide better care and protection for victims.