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Statement delivered by Permanent Representative, H.E. Ambassador Andreas Hadjichrysanthous to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Ending Cycles of Sexual Violence in Conflict, under the item “Women and peace and security”

United Nations, 13 April 2022amb-sexualviolenceinconflict-13-4-22

 

Thank you, Madam President, for organizing this important debate. My statement will be complementing that of the European Union, to which we fully subscribe.

Sexual violence as a weapon of war cannot be considered as an inevitable consequence of armed conflicts, despite the fact that the history of this disturbing phenomenon is as long as that of war itself. And despite the increased attention to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, we observe that significant gaps remain in effectively addressing this phenomenon.

Sexual violence in conflict bears significant adverse intergenerational economic and political impacts for survivors and their families. It exacerbates the displacement of population and the destruction of communities, and undermines reconstruction efforts and the transition to stable, secure and peaceful societies. Covid-19 has further amplified gender-based inequality, as the root cause and driver of sexual violence both in times of conflict and in peace.

The whole statement