Sexual violence in wars terrorizes populations, destroys lives and disintegrates communities
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The UN chief said, “Only victims have to endure a lifelong stigma and persecution. They often face cruelty on two fronts. To go. ”
Unite in support
Virginia Gamba, the UN special envoy for children and armed conflict, noted that 14,200 children have been confirmed as victims of sexual violence, but that this is only a small part of a larger problem.
UN chief Antonio Guterres said: “We stand united in support … to help women, girls, men and boys in extremely vulnerable situations, as they live in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with dignity and peace.” Are struggling for.
He said that attention should be paid to provide additional assistance in rural areas where there are weak conservation arrangements.
This means strengthening national judicial systems, ensuring medical and psychosocial support and assistance to victims, and strengthening the rights of victims in order to hold perpetrators accountable.
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In addition, there is a need to support women-led civil society organizations that break down social, economic and cultural barriers that deprive victims of protection, equality and justice.
At the same time, the causes of sexual violence during conflict need to be addressed.
The UN chief emphasized that “with more political will and financial resources, we can bridge the gap between words and deeds, and end the curse of sexual violence in conflict, forever.”
Save future generations
The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patton, and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Joseph Borrell, also called on the international community to help eliminate conflict-related sexual violence. Has released.
The statement also called for saving future generations from this curse.
The joint statement said, “This is the time to move beyond just reacting and tackling the root causes of sexual violence and its invisible factors … as well as the harmful social norms that accuse the victims. There is also a need to deal with the so-called honor, the shame. ”
The two celebrities have also expressed deep shock at the impact of the Ukraine war on civilians, and have expressed serious concerns about the growing allegations of sexual violence and the shocking events.
The joint statement said, “We strongly condemn such crimes and call for an immediate end to the violence.”
Both celebrities have also drawn attention to military coups and epidemics of military control, from Afghanistan to Guinea, Mali, Myanmar, and elsewhere, which have reversed progress on women’s rights.
Elsewhere, wars continue and new crises are on the rise, including in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Extremely alarming levels of conflict-related sexual violence are seen everywhere, being used as a political weapon to persecute and retaliate against celebrities and activists on the front lines.
The joint statement said, “It is important to develop a protective environment that prevents prima facie sexual violence and enables safe information registration of such cases and ensures appropriate action.”
The body became the battlefield
Natalia Canem, head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), points out that when wars break out, the terror and destruction of sexual violence also begins.
He said, “The bodies of women and girls become battlefields. Rape is used as a weapon of war in the same way that a bomb destroys a building, or a tank kills a mob. ”
She said that it silences women and oppresses them under the burden of shame, sows fear and insecurity in them and creates a long term disability, sexually transmitted infections, loss of income, health care costs and for the victims and their families. As a stigma, leaves a devastating legacy.
Human rights violations
Natalia Canem reminded that sexual violence is a human rights violation and also a crime under international humanitarian law, which should never be ignored, should not be pardoned and should not be underestimated. “Actually, these crimes should not happen at all.”
He said, “This situation, in many places, draws attention to the level and prevalence of gender inequality and gender based violence in all societies, which is unacceptable and a situation that only escalates into crises and conflicts. . ”
Women and girls have the fundamental right to be safe, to live in peace and dignity, and to enjoy their freedom and equality, regardless of the circumstances.