The United Nations General Assembly declared 19th June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict in order to create awareness in societies so as to provide adequate support for survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) and to put an end to the heinous act itself.
Conflict-Related Sexual Violence can be described to be rape, forced sterilization, forced prostitution, forced abortion, sexual slavery, forced pregnancy, or any other form of sexual violence committed against girls or boys, women or men that are directly or indirectly connected to conflicts. There are major societies in the world where conflict-related sexual violence is prevalent especially at war zones in Africa and the Middle East.
It is observed that sexual violence is becoming rampant due to lockdown, stay-at-home restrictions that have been placed on people’s movement as a result of the covid19 pandemic. Gender-based and domestic violence has also been on the rise exposing women and girls more to danger and sexual predators. The United Nations however calls on member-states to provide adequate support for survivors and protect others from becoming victims.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) commiserates with all the victims and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence on this day. We call on Governments and all the necessary stakeholders to provide adequate support for these survivors, we also use this opportunity to plead that all hands be on deck to prevent all forms of sexual violence in our societies so that we can all truly enjoy peace.