Sexual violence against women and girls is widespread in conflict and used as a war tactic. Reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the extent of conflict-related sexual violence range from 18 to 40 per cent among women and girls and between 4 and 24 per cent among men and boys. Domestic violence, trafficking, child marriage, are also exacerbated during conflict. Meanwhile, Security Council resolution sets out the need for humanitarian aid to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services, including for pregnancies resulting from rape. We train peacekeepers to detect, address and stop conflict-related sexual violence.
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Sexual violence has been used during armed conflict for many different reasons, including as a form of torture, to inflict injury, to extract information, to degrade and intimidate, and to destroy communities. Rape of women has been used to humiliate opponents, to drive communities and groups off land and to wilfully spread HIV. Women have been forced to perform sexual and domestic slave labour. United Nations Report of the Secretary-General. Skip to language switcher Skip to main categories navigation Skip to secondary categories navigation Skip to current category navigation Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer. Additional notes and information General Sexual violence has been used during armed conflict for many different reasons, including as a form of torture, to inflict injury, to extract information, to degrade and intimidate, and to destroy communities.
violence against women and girls in armed conflict
The ICRC would like to draw the attention of the Human Rights Council to the specific forms of violence to which women and girls may be subjected during armed conflict or in other situations of violence and the specific measures that could be taken to increase their protection, including by strengthening prevention and protection frameworks. Violence against women in war — a major humanitarian concern. In the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Mali or Syria — to name but a few countries of particular concern in this respect — millions of women and girls bear the brunt of today's war, especially as the principle of distinction between combatants and civilians is increasingly ignored and women become deliberate targets of weapon-bearers. The use of sexual violence in many conflicts renders women and girls particularly vulnerable during those times. The environment of war also hampers their access to food, safe drinking water and health care.
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