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Updated On: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Development Issues

Women Peace Security

Content by: South-South News

17 April 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — The United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General said today “gender-based discrimination is the invisible driver of most crimes of sexual violence,” adding that “the lower a woman’s status, the greater is her vulnerability and exposure to harm.”

Speaking today (16 Apr) at the Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflicts, the UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed said that in Myanmar and in many other conflict situations, the widespread threat and use of sexual violence has, once again, been used as a tactic to advance military, economic and ideological objectives.

Last year, the Deputy Secretary-General travelled with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they visited the survivors of sexual violence.

Highlighting that survivors endured multiple, intersecting stigmas in the wake of sexual violence, including the stigma of association with an armed or terrorist group, and of bearing children conceived through rape, SRSG Patten said “stigma and victim-blame give the weapon of rape its uniquely destructive power, including the power to shred the social fabric, and turn victims into outcasts.”

Patten called on the international community to give serious consideration to the establishment of a reparations fund for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, to help them rebuild their lives and livelihood.

Storyline by: Unifeed

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