The UN Secretary- General, Antonia Guterres stated that “children conceived through wartime rape often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the guns have fallen silent. Their mothers may be marginalized and shunned by their own families and communities.”
These effects are felt across generations and have significant impacts on those that experienced sexual violence and their children. Women experience sexual violence during conflicts far more than men, and thus face an additional obstacle to be valued by society and provide for their families.
On this day, we amplify the voices of these forgotten victims of war, who suffer stigma, shame and exclusion in societies polarized by armed conflict. Find out more about the UN’s work in this area and other events around the world at https://www.un.org/en/events/elimination-of-sexual-violence-in-conflict/index.shtml. You can also follow the movement on social media through #EndRapeinWar.