sexual violence

News in Brief 22 August 2017 (AM)

Appeal for justice for ISIL’s women victims in Iraq

Authorities in Iraq are being urged to ensure that thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other sexual violence committed by ISIL fighters receive care, protection and justice.

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Justice vital to help Iraqi victims of ISIL's sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report

The Iraqi Government must ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist fighters receive care, protection and justice, and that children born because of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a United Nations report published today says.

Sexual violence in conflict ‘legitimate threat’ to peace and security – UN deputy chief

Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council today.

Rape survivors should never face “prison of stigma”

Survivors of rape or sexual slavery should never again face “the prison of stigma” described by some of them as a “living death”, the acting UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, has said.

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News in Brief 3 May 2017 (PM)

Conflict-related sexual violence victims need national recognition: UN report

Victims of conflict and terrorism-related sexual violence need greater national recognition in order to help relieve the stigma that they suffer.

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UN Gender Focus: Sexual violence, women farmers and women entrepreneurs

Scars of rape last “longer than the war”: UN Special Representative

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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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News in Brief 8 March 2017 (AM)

Security Council condemns latest DPRK missile launch

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the latest ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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Under-reporting of sexual abuse in India “pandemic”: youth advocate

Confronting “pandemic” under-reporting of sexual crimes and “victim-blaming” practices are key challenges in the fight against gender inequality in India.

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New task force to develop strategy to strengthen UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse

The United Nations today announced that it plans to strengthen its approach to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse by creating a high-level task force that will develop a “clear, game-changing strategy” to achieve “visible and measurable further improvement.”