Sexual Violence and Conflicts

Sexual Violence refers to forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilization, forced marriage and any other form of forced sexual action.

Conflict-related sexual violence committed by armed groups or forces associated with any nation remains of grave concern in many African countries.

During the 2012 election in Kenya many women and girls experienced sexual violence during the post-election conflicts or clashes. It’s the responsibility of Governments to protect the civilian population and support victims of conflict-related sexual violence.

It should ensure that medical, psychosocial and legal support is not available only in the major cities but also in isolated communities where the justice system is weak or absent. Security forces should also be trained on the importance of respecting women’s rights.

Security attacks by militia groups expose civilians to sexual violence, abduction, slavery, and human trafficking and forced abortion. Sexual violence has been used as part of strategy of spreading terror.

The Government should provide sexual and reproductive health services, trauma counselling and reintegration support for the women and girls released from captivity by the militia group.

All nations affected by conflict related sexual develop a comprehensive national strategy to deal with sexual and gender-based violence and to also ensure that the safety of humanitarian workers so that services can reach remote areas.

Where there is conflict, sexual violence thrives. Patterns of sexual violence during the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya included widespread rape of mostly women and girls, and men and boys to a lesser extent.

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Stay safe! Call 1190/21094 to report Gender Based Violence cases.