sexual violence

Conflict-related sexual violence ‘destructive as any bomb or bullet,’ Security Council told

Despite the current unprecedented political will to eliminate sexual violence in conflict, hold perpetrators to account and support victims, the reality is that raping a woman, child or man is still a largely “cost-free” crime, United Nations officials warned today, appealing to all States to strengthen their cooperation to end impunity and protect the vulnerable.

UN urges greater action to combat sexual violence in 21 conflict countries

Despite unprecedented political momentum to fight rape in war zones, sexual violence remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries, a senior United Nations official announced today urging greater action at the regional and national levels.

Citing new report, UN urges DR Congo to end impunity for ‘widespread’ sexual violence

United Nations officials today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up the fight against impunity for rape and sexual violence, which remain widespread and largely unpunished despite some progress in holding perpetrators accountable.

UN, African Union sign landmark agreement to curb sexual violence in African countries

The United Nations and the African Union (AU) affirmed their common commitment “to put an end to history’s oldest and least condemned crime” by signing landmark agreement on the prevention of and response to conflict-related sexual violence in Africa, a senior UN official today said.

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.