The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have urged the international community to increase efforts to eliminate all forms of sexual violence, especially during conflicts.
In a joint statement, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and UN Special Representative Pramila Patten condemned this crime and its use “as a strategy and tactic of war and terror.”
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, celebrated every June 19 since 2015, both officials stressed the need for urgent action to combat this problem.
Sexual aggression in conflict constitutes a serious violation of human rights with devastating physical, psychological and social consequences that undermine economic development, integration, peace and security.
“It is a crime to be avoided. That is why the UN and the EU reiterate our commitment to strengthening our work for prevention, protection and support for victims in rebuilding their lives,” the statement added.
Both organizations point out that a change in society is crucial, which can be driven by spreading testimonies and increasing women’s participation in decision-making and peace processes.