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International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Today commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. The United Nations is leading awareness-raising activities on this day, along with UN Women. The central theme for 2018 is The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War. This international day presents the opportunity to come up with real solutions to eliminate sexual violence in conflict. It is also a chance to provide protection and support for victims of sexual abuse. Fortunately, many organizations fight the different variations of sexual violence.

Why is This Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence Important?

Every person suffers during war and conflict. However, women and girls are the most prone to experience sexual violence during these times. This can include rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, pregnancy, marriage, abortion, sterilization, and more. Sexual violence can even be used as a tactic of terrorism. We see these abuses constantly in situations of conflict. However, they are often unreported and almost always unresolved. The protection systems are themselves not functioning, victims are not heard, and perpetrators are not punished. International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is an important date when we can raise awareness on this issue. It is also an opportunity to stand together with the victims of conflict-related sexual violence.

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The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War

This year’s central theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War. Rape and sexual slavery are rampant during wartime. While inhumane, this is a reality for many women. The victims suffer the consequences, often becoming pregnant and having so-called “war children.” However, the children also bear the brunt. They and their mothers are often shunned by their communities. They face discrimination and stigma. This year’s central theme is a chance to talk about this important issue. The UN headquarters will hold a panel discussion to discuss strategies for inclusion, reintegration, and help. Meanwhile, UN Women has released a statement relating to #EndRapeinWar and how to protect the children born of war.

UN Action

To combat sexual violence in conflict, the UN has created UN Action. The United Nations Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict brings together 13 different entities working together on the issue. This includes UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNDP, and WHO among others. Together, these branches of the UN work on a number of strategies to eliminate sexual violence in conflict. UN Action provides capacity building at the country level. They work to raise public awareness on the issue. They also advocate for better prevention and prosecution policies. Additionally, UN Action collects lessons learned and best practices on the subject. You can access their resources here.

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