International Day For The Elimination Of Sexual Violence In Conflict praises all the victimized people and survivors of sexual violence around the globe. It pays tribute to the valiant hearts who have dedicated and lost their lives in raising voices.
The UN General Assembly received the resolution on June 19, 2015. The date denotes the Security Council resolution 1820 (2008), where sexual brutality as a strategy of war was denounced.
Hence, this day was adopted as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Every year, this day is observed to support the victims of sexual violence during a war.
The key aim of this day is to bring issues to light of the need to stop sexual violence that is related to a war or conflict.
Likewise, the day respects all the victims and survivors of sexual brutality around the globe. It furthermore, pays tributes to the people with bold hearts who speak up their story. Those who have given up their lives in raising voices for the annihilation of such violations.
What is Sexual Violence in Conflict?
As per the UN, conflict-related sexual violence is characterized as a term that “alludes to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution. Also, imposed pregnancy, forced child abortion, forced marriage.”
Other than that, “enforced sterilization, and some other type of sexual violations of equivalent gravity executed against women, men, young ladies or young men that is directly or indirectly connected to a war”.
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In 2020, the day will mark the 6th annual International Day For The Elimination Of Sexual Violence In Conflict.
The goal of the occasion this year is to layout various results identified with the impacts of COVID-19.
The pandemic has affected the lives of the survivors and delivery of the CRSV (Conflict-Related Sexual Violence) order. S well as, the working of the UN framework overall.
According to the report, as the UN says, “COVID-19 hampers the possibility of survivors to report sexual violence and further exacerbates the existing structural, institutional and socio-cultural barriers to reporting such crimes.”
UN Initiatives to prevent Sexual Violence in Conflict
- Strengthening Protection & Prevention
Scaling up and improving access to services, including by building national capacity
Development of comprehensive strategies to combat sexual violence
Programmatic and funding challenges and opportunities
Comprehensive strategies to combat sexual violence
Addressing conflict-related sexual violence in ceasefire and peace agreements
Development of early warning indicators
Training on conflict-related sexual violence