War does not mean license to rape

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The action that is being taken by the Security Council to deal with sexual violence in conflict sends a message to perpetrators and potential perpetrators that the world is watching.

That's what the United Nations Special Representative Margot Wallström told the Security Council on Thursday as it discussed women, peace and security.

Ms. Wallström said the Security Council, which in 2009 created her mandate as the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, has led the way in recognizing that rape can be used as a tactic of war.

She said that conflict-related sexual violence is a global problem and while it disproportionately affects women and girls, men and boys are also direct and indirect victims.

"In the wake of war, the aim is not just to 'build back', but to 'build back better'. This means addressing pre-existing injustice and inequality. What we have already achieved gives us hope. The action of this Council tells survivors that their lives matter. It also tells perpetrators and potential perpetrators that war does not mean licence to rape. The world is watching."

Duration: 26"

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