How do you reduce sexual and gender violence in conflict? Consider these five key issues.
May 22, 2019
Five key issues to keep in mind during the Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises conference
How do you stop — or at least mitigate — the harm done by sexual and gendered violence in humanitarian crises? That’s the topic for this week’s international conference in Oslo, where governments, United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations are coming together to discuss commitments and solutions.
One topic that will probably arise — formally or informally — is the recent controversy over U.N. Security Council Resolution 2467, which calls for ending sexual violence in conflict, holding perpetrators accountable and assisting survivors. Until late April, the draft resolution mentioned the importance of sexual and reproductive health services for survivors of sexual violence in conflict. But the United States threatened to veto the resolution — ostensibly because of the Trump administration’s hard-line stance against abortion — and got that language removed.