19 June 2020 marks the 5th year since the United Nations General Assembly established (through resolution A/RES/69/293) the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict to sustain support for ending sexual violence in conflict, and to honour millions of victims and survivors globally. This year the focus is on Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, COVID-19 has heightened the challenges of survivors/victims of sexual violence. Recently dubbed the ‘shadow pandemic’ due to the heightened challenges that survivors/victims grapple with amidst global lockdown, the need to eliminate sexual violence cannot be overstated.
What if we responded to sexual violence in conflict as an existential threat?
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