sexual violence

‘It is time to act,’ Ban declares at launch of video campaign to end sexual violence

Speaking at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual violence through gender equality, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that it is time to demand action to eliminate a scourge that harms millions of women and girls around the world.

DR Congo mass rape verdict fails to deliver justice to victims, says UN envoy

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict today voiced her disappointment that only two people were convicted of rape during the recent trial of 39 soldiers and officers charged with committing crimes in and around the town of Minova in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) two years ago.

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.