sexual violence in conflict

Reparations for sexual violence in conflict – ‘what survivors want most, yet receive least’

Ten years ago, the UN Security Council established a mandate to prevent and address the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence. At a commemorative event on Wednesday, the UN deputy chief described that commitment as essential to “highlight, prevent and seek justice for this crime”.

In South Sudan, mothers teaching daughters ‘safer’ ways to survive rape

Sexual attacks in South Sudan are so common that mothers now teach their daughters how to survive the ordeal of being raped, in such a way as to minimize the violence. That’s according to Yasmin Sooka, chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, who was speaking on Tuesday in front of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, during its latest session.

 

Joint UN-Red Cross appeal to end rising sexual violence as a weapon of war

Sexual violence in conflict - and the stigma that survivors often face - must be addressed urgently, UN chief António Guterres said on Monday, in a joint appeal for more funding and international action, together with the head of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.

Nobel Peace Prize win can help eradicate scourge of sexual violence: UN

For Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Friday was a particularly good day.  Ms. Patten was able to celebrate Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege jointly winning the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.  The Nobel award has put the issue of sexual violence in conflict, back on to the front pages. But what difference will it make in the longer-term.  Ms. Patten spoke with UN News’s Conor Lennon.

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Atrocities ‘dehumanize victims’ of rape in conflict

At UN Headquarters to mark the annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord Ahmad, the United Kingdom’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, described mass rapes of women during wartime as “atrocities which dehumanize”. He spoke to Daniel Dickinson about the issue.

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Dozens of Rohingya births represent legacy of sexual violence

In this latest UN Gender Focus podcast, Dianne Penn speaks with Tonderai Chikuhwa from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, about the estimated 40,000 pregnant Rohingya women in Cox's Bazar refugee camps, many of whom allegedly were raped by Myanmar security forces and allied militias.

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News in Brief 16 April 2018

  • Gender-based discrimination ‘invisible driver’ of sexual violence: UN deputy chief
  • ‘No effort’ should be spared bringing killers of 3 Ecuadorian media workers to justice: UNESCO chief
  • South Sudanese opposition group releases seven aid workers
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Scars of rape last “longer than the war”: UN Special Representative

Addressing sexual violence in conflict is the “great moral challenge of our time,” the outgoing Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict has said.

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War-time rape today a “revival” of slave trade era, says UN expert

Rape and other sexual violations committed during war today represent a return to the slave trade of centuries ago, the Security Council heard on Thursday.

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FEATURE: Sold for a packet of cigarettes – UN envoy fights to help women suffering sexual violence in the Middle East

A young man wants to smoke a cigarette but does not have the money to buy a pack.

“He has a slave girl, he goes and sells her to another man, and he gets enough money for a pack of cigarettes. That’s it. She is the value of a pack of cigarettes,” said Zainab Bangura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.