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Expert’s take: A decade of efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict—Where are we now?

19 June 2017

Pablo Castillo Díaz is a Policy Specialist at UN Women, focusing on efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, post-conflict, and emergency settings. More

Wartime sexual violence survivors lead businesses and fight stigma

05 December 2016

A UN Women project helps female survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina transform their lives and families by boosting their economic opportunities and teaching them how to set up a business and grow their markets. More

From where I stand: Nada Marković

18 October 2016

Nada Marković is a human rights activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina and works with with the organization “Maja Kravica“ that seeks to empower women from rural communities. More

Path to justice for survivors of Kosovo’s sexual violence: Q&A with Siobhan Hobbs

15 August 2016

During the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 in Kosovo, an untold number of women experienced systematically organized sexual violence. Siobhan Hobbs, Gender Adviser with UN Women’s Project Office in Kosovo, is working on a programme with the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the government of Kosovo and survivors of conflict-related violence, to facilitate reparations for the survivors. More

Rebuilding lives after Boko Haram

01 August 2016

More than 2,000 girls and women have been abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The international community continues to advocate for their safe return. But after the girls are back, what happens to them? What happens to the children of rape and their young mothers? Hussaina Dahiru, from north-east Nigeria escaped Boko Haram, but tragically died at child birth. A programme by UN Women is working with girls and women who have survived Boko Haram’s attacks and making sure that the humanitarian response addresses their specific and unique needs. More

UN Women statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

16 June 2016

In a statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June, UN Women recounts the historic firsts this year in combatting sexual violence in conflict. More

“I Am Evelyn Amony”: A memoir of war, rape and survival

15 June 2016

Evelyn Amony was just 11 years old when soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) kidnapped her from her home in Kalalo, in northern Uganda. She spent 11 years with the LRA. Her memoir, “I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my Life from the Lord's Resistance Army,” was launched on 15 June at the Japan Society in New York, co-hosted by UN Women and the International Center for Transitional Justice. The gripping autobiography tells an incredible story of survival. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Hissène Habré

31 May 2016

In a statement welcoming the historic conviction for crimes including rape and sexual slavery by the former President of Chad, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said UN Women stands in solidarity with the survivors of his crimes. She signals that “UN Women is committed to ensuring that this global momentum for accountability continues to grow, until there is an unstoppable force for justice which makes these crimes a relic of the past.” More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba by the International Criminal Court

22 March 2016

UN Women welcomes the landmark conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba by the International Criminal Court on 21 March 2016, for his failure to prevent and punish the rape, murder and pillage committed by his troops in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003. More

Reparations soon for conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo*

17 March 2016

Kosovo begins implementation of the law that gives legal recognition to civilian survivors of the armed conflict and allows them to claim survivor benefits. More

Landmark ruling in Guatemala a victory against sexual violence in armed conflict

03 March 2016

On 26 February, a Guatemalan court convicted two former military officers of crimes against humanity against 11 indigenous Q’eqchi’ women who were subjected to sexual violence, sexual and domestic slavery, the forced disappearance of their husbands, as well as the murder and cruel treatment of a woman and her two small daughters. The historic verdict is being hailed by human rights experts as a major victory in accountability for conflict-related sexual violence. More

Joint Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Zainab Hawa Bangura on the signing on 15 December 2015 of the agreement on conflict victims between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP

17 December 2015

This statement is attributable to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. More

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

01 December 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. Ms. Lusenge later met with officials from UN Women to discuss the challenges and discrimination endured by Congolese women. More

Hotline helps prevent gender-based violence in Mali

25 November 2015

To provide appropriate measures to combat and prevent gender-based violence in Mali and, in particular, to reduce the risk of this calamity escalating during crisis and post-crisis situations, UN Women—working in partnership with the National Police of Mali—decided to open a hotline to provide support for women and girls experiencing gender-based violence. More

Dressing up a soccer stadium for survivors in Kosovo

10 July 2015

As the country moves to break the silence around conflict-related sexual violence, a public art installation aims to raise awareness and combat stigma for survivors. More

Joint statement on renewed attacks against the civilian population, especially women and children, in the widening armed conflict in South Sudan

29 May 2015

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh. More

Women Nobel Peace laureates visit Colombia to increase awareness of sexual violence

07 February 2015

From 3-5 February, Ms. Ebadi and Jody Williams, a human rights activist from the United States who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, visited Colombia to meet with women survivors of sexual violence in a conflict which has lasted more than 50 years. More

“Reparations are not just about justice. They are also about empowerment” – Executive Director

01 August 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to present the Secretary-General’s Guidance Note on Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence during a Dialogue with Member States on the Rule of Law at the International Level, New York, 1 August 2014. More

Press release: Turning the tide on sexual violence in conflict, new UN guidance on reparations launched

11 June 2014

At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict being held in London, U.K., UN Women today launched along with OHCHR the UN Secretary-General’s Guidance Note on Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, a blueprint for promoting gender-sensitive approaches to the design and delivery of reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. More

UN Women to push for concrete action at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

10 June 2014

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie are co-chairing the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel, an exhibition and conference centre in London, United Kingdom. UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will attend the summit to advocate for greater global action and to continue to advance the work of UN Women in this area at a global level. More

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