Today marks International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, as such, it’s our collective responsibility in combating all forms of sexual violence, including conflict-related sexual violence, and violence against women is essential.
It was Five years ago, the UN General Assembly proclaimed June 19 as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
It is not too early but a matter of emergency commemorating this day to raise awareness of the need to end conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world, and to remember those who have courageously devoted their lives to – and lost their lives by – seeking the eradication of these crimes.
Over a year ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2467 on the Prevention of, and Response to, Conflict-related Sexual Violence. This resolution seeks to strengthen prevention through greater justice and accountability and keeps survivors at the centre of efforts to end sexual violence in conflict.
This is the right message Nigeria polity and citizenry should stand for to protect survivors of sexual violence, many of whom continue to face stigma in their communities as they await justice. The perpetrators of sexual violence must be brought to account.
Leaders and various security agencies should clearly condemn and oppose all acts of sexual violence in conflict and ensure that the perpetrators of such crimes are held accountable and brought to justice.
It’s truly time to act, Has your state domesticated the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act and the Child Rights Act?
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