Why Women's Lives Don't Matter: ignoring sexual violence in conflict (ICAN, LSE WPS, CFFP)

December 7, 2021

Tuesday, December 7 2021, 1:00pm to 2:15pm (UTC) | 8:00am to 9:15am (EDT)

Our panel will reflect on factors that give rise to sexual violence, persistent gaps in state and multilateral efforts as well as the effective prevention and response strategies that have been put in place.

A nine-year-old girl is sold to a 50-year-old man for $2000. This is Afghanistan today. But it was Iraq a few years ago, and Uganda before that. The horror of sexual violence that threatens the lives of girls and women, as well as many boys and men in today’s wars, is no longer an unknown. In resolution 1325 and 1820, the UN Security Council specifically noted that sexual violence is a strategy of conflict and that such violence, further inflames and exacerbates warfare. Despite the prevalence of such resolutions, sexual violence is not adequately addressed in peace processes nor prevented in crises contexts, and the services and responses for victims and survivors remains limited in humanitarian aid efforts.

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