International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

“We cannot allow this already underreported crime to slip further into the shadows. Perpetrators must be punished. Investment in recovery from the [COVID] pandemic must tackle the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence.” – UN Secretary -General António Guterres

Building back better in the wake of this pandemic requires an inclusive, intersectional, and gender-informed approach. Pandemic recovery demands a paradigm shift: to silence the guns; amplify the voices of women, girls and all survivors; move boldly towards gender equality and address the root causes of conflict; invest in public welfare rather than the instruments of warfare, by reducing military expenditure and strengthening institutions; and shift the security paradigm to foster human security and the resilience of individuals and communities to social, environmental and economic shocks.

The Learn Abroad to do Better at home for Gender Equality project is funded by Erasmus+ and more information about the project are available here:

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Published by Asfar in London, UK - ISSN 2055-7957 (Online)