sexual violence

Eradicating sexual violence in conflict not ‘a mission impossible’ – UN senior official

The elimination of sexual violence in conflict is not impossible, a United Nations senior official said today, stressing that to fully eradicate this scourge there needs to be a stronger political will from governments as well as adequate legal frameworks in place to prosecute perpetrators.

Perpetrators of mass rapes in Guinea must be brought to justice, stresses UN official

A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to assist the victims of the mass rapes that occurred three years ago today during a pro-democracy protest in the Guinean capital, Conakry, and to bring the remaining perpetrators to justice.

Stronger actions needed to prevent conflict-related sexual violence – UN and partners

The United Nations and its partners today stressed that stronger actions and commitment are needed from world leaders to prevent conflict-related sexual violence and to secure justice for survivors of gender-based crimes.

Sierra Leone’s health minister to serve as UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Zainab Hawa Bangura, currently the Minister of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, as his new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Colombia must fight impunity for sexual violence crimes – UN official

Colombia must increase its efforts to fight impunity for crimes of sexual violence, a United Nations envoy said today, adding that such efforts should be paired with assistance to survivors and victims.

DR Congo: UN envoy concerned about possible sexual violence amid latest fighting

A top United Nations official has voiced her concern about the latest wave of fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), especially in areas that have previously witnessed sexual violence committed against civilians by members of armed groups.

UN envoy for sexual violence in conflict to step down next month

Margot Wallström, who has been spearheading United Nations efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict, will step down from her post at the end of May due to family considerations, it was announced today.

UN issues new guidelines to help mediators address sexual violence in conflict

The United Nations today unveiled new guidelines to help mediators address the problem of sexual violence in conflict by placing the issue high on the agenda when brokering peace agreements and ceasefires.

UN report on sexual violence during conflict singles out worst offenders

The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of being among the worst offenders.

Atrocities in Guinea must never be forgotten, says UN envoy on sexual violence

The United Nations official leading the fight against sexual violence during conflicts today urged the international community to never forget the deadly violence which ravaged Guinea in September 2009, noting that while justice in the country had been delayed, it could not be denied.