Category: Violence Against Women

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

A woman stands in a shelter for girls and women who have endured sexual and gender-based violence, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

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. “Sexual violence in conflict is no longer seen as ‘merely a women’s issue’ […]

Nigeria: Welcoming release of 82 Chibok girls, UN urges support for their rehabilitation

UNICEF welcomes the release of over 80 of the girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at their school in Chibok, Nigeria, over three years ago. Photo: UNICEF Nigeria

Welcoming Saturday’s release of 82 of the schoolgirls abducted from the Nigerian town of Chibok by the Boko Haram insurgent group three years ago, the United Nations has called for continued global support for the country’s efforts to release, rehabilitate and reintegrate all Boko Haram victims. “We appeal to all Nigerians, including the families and […]

Strengthening the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Mother and child, in a refugee camp in Chad’s Lac Region. The Department which deals with tackling sexual explotation mentioned it will work closely with Member States to conduct DNA tests to establish paternity and ensure recognition of the rights of mother and child. Photo: UNICEF/ Tremeau

Following his analysis of the report of the High-Level External Independent Review Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute of the United States as Special Coordinator on improving the Organization’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse, in […]

UN announces new approach to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation and abuse

Nancee Bright (Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict), Lisa Buttenheim (Department of Field Support), Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, and Christian Saunders (Department of Management), brief the media on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Underscoring that the United Nations should not be, in any way, associated with the vile and vicious crimes of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, Secretary-General António Guterres has outlined a new victim-centred approach to prevent and respond to such abuses committed by those serving under the UN flag. “Such acts of cruelty should never […]

Migrating children and women, suffer ‘sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention’ – UN agency

A migrant gestures from behind the bars of a cell at a detention centre in Libya, Tuesday 31 January. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

A senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official is calling the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Europe one of the “world’s deadliest and most dangerous for children and women,” as the agency reported that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped. “Refugee […]