Six Steps to End Sexual Violence in War
Sexual violence is widespread and has been a long-standing issue in armed conflict. In recent years, it has been recognized as a deliberate weapon of war. This year’s Nobel Committee decision to award the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege for their fight against sexual violence reflects this change in how we view sexual violence in conflict.
In an article in PassBlue, Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and Zainab Bangura, former UN Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, recommend six steps to end this scourge on women, girls, men and boys.
- Pursue justice
- Enable access to justice
- Do not ignore the value of data
- Offer holistic care
- Carry out UN Security Council Resolution 1325 effectively
- Address sexual violence in peace agreements and ensure that women actively participate in negotiations