UN / ELIMINATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba said the COVID-19 pandemic and related response “has had startling consequences on children, including a spike in conflict-related sexual violence incidents, and yet survivors have been left out of response efforts.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and
Under-Secretary-General:
“The pandemic and related response has had startling consequences on children, including a spike in conflict-related sexual violence incidents, and yet survivors have been left out of response efforts. It is our collective responsibility that barriers impeding survivors to seek redress for such crimes are overcome, comprehensive studies are made available, and that survivors can participate in the development and implementation of post-COVID-19 recovery plans.”

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3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

17 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and
Under-Secretary-General:
“I strongly hope that this 7th annual commemoration will spark decisive change and that all children survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, both boys and girls, will be able to receive tailored gender-sensitive and age-appropriate services. The post-pandemic world can only be built back better by including those affected the most. This is an imperative for societies if they wish to thrive and for peace to last.”

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5. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and
Under-Secretary-General:
“As multiple crises shift the ground beneath us, we must seize this opportunity to build back better by tackling the root causes of sexual violence in conflict. In this transformative moment, we must aim high. Survivors must be heard and heeded by national authorities and policy makers, as part of an intersectional, gender-responsive pandemic recovery.”

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7. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and
Under-Secretary-General:
“Just one year before the outbreak of the pandemic, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2467, which articulated the importance of a survivor-centred approach in all prevention and response efforts. A survivor-centred approach is integral to transformative pandemic recovery. Building back better means developing proactive measures to ensure an enabling environment for survivors to safely come forward and seek redress.”

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STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, today (17 Jun) said the COVID-19 pandemic and related response “has had startling consequences on children, including a spike in conflict-related sexual violence incidents, and yet survivors have been left out of response efforts.”

Speaking at a virtual event to commemorate the 7th official observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Gamba said, “it is our collective responsibility that barriers impeding survivors to seek redress for such crimes are overcome, comprehensive studies are made available, and that survivors can participate in the development and implementation of post-COVID-19 recovery plans.”

The Special Representative expressed hope that this year’s commemoration “will spark decisive change and that all children survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, both boys and girls, will be able to receive tailored gender-sensitive and age-appropriate services.”

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, who co-hosted the event with Gamba and the Mission of Argentina, said, “as multiple crises shift the ground beneath us, we must seize this opportunity to build back better by tackling the root causes of sexual violence in conflict. In this transformative moment, we must aim high. Survivors must be heard and heeded by national authorities and policy makers, as part of an intersectional, gender-responsive pandemic recovery.”

Patten noted that just one year before the outbreak of the pandemic, the United Nations Security Council had adopted resolution 2467, “which articulated the importance of a survivor-centred approach in all prevention and response efforts.”

She said, “a survivor-centred approach is integral to transformative pandemic recovery. Building back better means developing proactive measures to ensure an enabling environment for survivors to safely come forward and seek redress.”

Today’s event aims to provide a platform for strategic reflection on ways to integrate the specific rights, needs and perspectives of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence into national and regional COVID-19 response and recovery plans, to ensure they are not forgotten in a climate of intersecting crises and constrained resources.

On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.
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