19 June- International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Sexual Violence in Conflict refers to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence directly or indirectly linked to a conflict. This crime is highly underreported because of the stigma attached, insecurities, fear of reprisals, etc.  19th June is marked as International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict with a vision to: 

(i) raise awareness pertaining to the need to put an end to the conflict-related sexual violence 

(ii) to honor the victims and survivors of sexual violence 

(iii) to pay tribute to those who lost their lives by standing up against these crimes. 

2021 Event- “Building  Back better: Supporting survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the context of pandemic recovery.”

This year’s event shall be on virtual mode and will commemorate the 7th official observance. The main aim of this year’s event is to stand in solidarity with survivors and also those working to support them on the frontline. The event will act as a platform to reflect upon the need to integrate specific rights and the needs and perspectives of the survivors of conflict-related sexual violence into the national and regional Covid-19 response. It will also aim to reflect upon the recovery plans to ensure that these survivors are not left behind in this crisis.

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Mahak Rathee

Global Representative (India) 

Roya Institute of Global Justice