sexual violence

In football match, UN, national figures team up against sexual violence

Bolivian President Evo Morales and other high-level Government and United Nations officials met today on the football field to support the UN campaign ‘UNiTE to End Violence Against Women,’ globally and in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has some of the highest rates of gender-related crime.

UN humanitarian wing warns of pervasive sexual violence in Somalia

Sexual and gender-based violence continues to be a pervasive issue in Somalia, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today, adding that many times it is perpetrated by armed men in the Horn of Africa nation.

UN forum highlights plight of male victims of sexual violence in conflict

Shame, 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.

Security Council strengthens efforts to end impunity for conflict-related sexual violence

The Security Council today sent a strong signal to perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict that their crimes will not be tolerated, adopting a new resolution to strengthen efforts to end impunity for a scourge that affects not only large numbers of women and girls but also men and boys.

‘Opportunity lost’ as new anti-rape laws in India fail to address root causes – UN expert

Laws recently passed in India to prevent and prosecute rape and other sex crimes “do not go far enough,” a United Nations independent expert said today, lamenting that the legislation failed to address systemic gender inequalities in Indian society.

Security Council, in day-long debate, urged to strengthen measures to end rape in war zones

Conflict-related sexual violence, horrific in itself, is also an impediment to national reconciliation and development, top United Nations officials told the Security Council at the start of a day-long debate, urging increased political and financial pressure on those who commit, command or condone sexual violence in war zones.

UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict starts first official visit to Somalia

A United Nations envoy has arrived in Somalia on an information-gathering visit to raise awareness and discuss ways of addressing sexual violence in the Horn of Africa country.

UN envoy and DR Congo sign agreement to tackle sexual violence in conflict

A United Nations envoy has praised the efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to address conflict-related sexual violence, and announced the signing of an agreement with the country’s authorities to address this pervasive issue.

National leadership crucial for tackling sexual violence in DR Congo – UN envoy

Conflict-related sexual violence is one of the most urgent challenges facing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations official says, stressing that leadership and responsibility on the part of the Government is critical to tackling this issue.

Marking International Day, UN calls for eliminating violence against women

United Nations officials today issued a call to governments and citizens across the world to take action to end violence against women in all its forms and in all its contexts.