The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the world today.
According to United Nations, conflict-related sexual violence is defined as a term that ‘refers to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilisation, forced marriage, and any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity perpetrated against women, men, girls or boys that is directly or indirectly linked (temporally, geographically or causally) to a conflict’.
In 2015, the UN adopted June 19 as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
The date was chosen to commemorate the UN Security Council resolution 1820 (2008) which has first recognised sexual violence as a weapon of war rather than an unintended consequence of war.
The main aim of this day is to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.
The day also honours all the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and pay tributes to the brave hearts who have devoted and lost their lives in raising voices for the eradication of such crimes.
In a message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that the Covid-19 pandemic that “has made it even more difficult to hold perpetrators of sexual violence to account”.