Exactly six years ago today, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared June 19 the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. On this day the international community is reminded of its collective responsibility to continue to fight against rape, sexual slavery, forced marriages, certain forms of human trafficking and any other form of conflict related sexual violence. Belgium also calls for special attention to be paid to the women, men and children who survived such violence, and pays tribute to those who are committed to stopping it.
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19 JunInternational Day on Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict - The importance of a survivor-centred approach, accountability and tackling the root causesPress release
05 OctPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcome the attribution of the Nobel peace prize to the Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and the Yazidi Nadia Murad, a victim of the cruelties of Daesh who has become the torchbearer of her community. Both Dr Mukwege and Nadia Murad, two leading figures with whom Belgium had the chance to work closely, dedicated their lives to the fight against sexual violences used as “weapons of war” in conflicts.
19 SepPress release
In the margins of the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders took part today in the high-level meeting on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN Mission personnel organised by the UN Secretary General.
19 JunPress release
"In conflict and emergency situations, more attention must be paid to gender and the prevention of sexual violence", Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo said on the second International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. The fight against sexual violence is a priority of the Belgian Development Cooperation.