Sexual Violence: Weapon of War, Impediment to Peace

Monday, January 1, 2007
Forced Migration Review, Issue 27

Militaries, militias, men carrying arms, government and non-state actors, neighbours, trusted leaders and men in positions of power have all perpetrated violence against women and girls in times of conflict and displacement. Although rape, sexual assault, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced sterilisation, forced abortion and forced pregnancy are crimes under national and international laws, the guilty usually commit these crimes with complete impunity. The international community is doing too little to protect women and girls from these heinous acts, yet we know which actions can help to make a difference.

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Forced Migration Review, Sexual Violence: Weapon of War (2007)