International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2024

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2024

Every year on June 19, we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. This day is about making people aware of the serious problem of sexual violence during wars and conflicts all around the world. It also focuses on finding ways to stop these terrible crimes. The United Nations declared June 19 as this special day in 2015, remembering the adoption of a resolution that condemned sexual violence as a tactic of war and something that makes it hard to build peace.

History of International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Early Rules about War

In the past, when there was a war, people often didn’t talk about the bad things that happened, like sexual violence. In the American Civil War in 1863, there was a set of rules called the Lieber Code that said sexual assault is a wrong thing, and rape is a very serious crime. However, later on, they changed the rules, and the word ‘rape’ was removed. Instead, they talked about an attack on the ‘honor of the family.’ The idea of ‘honor’ came up again in the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, but this time, it mentioned that women needed protection, and ‘rape’ was back as an example of attacking the honor of women.

Red Cross Involvement

The International Committee of the Red Cross has always spoken out against the bad things that happen during wars. However, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that they started actively working on the issue of sexual violence during wars. There are rules called the second additional protocol of 1977 to the Geneva Convention that say it’s not okay to do bad things like “outrages against personal dignity, rape, enforced prostitution, and any form of indecent assault” at any time and any place, especially against people who are not part of the fighting.

More Problems Recently

In recent years, there has been an increase in crimes related to gender, especially against women. This day brings attention to the need to act quickly to help and protect women and girls. It also remembers and honors the people who have worked hard to stop these crimes.

How to Take Part in the Day

Tell Others

Spread the word about the terrible things that happen during wars. Many people don’t know about these crimes, so it’s important to tell them.

Start or Join a Petition

You can start a petition or join one that aims to stop sexual violence during conflicts. Team up with others who care about this issue and try to make sure that those who commit these crimes are punished.

Learn about the History

Read about how these crimes happen in different parts of the world during conflicts. Share what you learn with the people around you to help them understand the problem better.

Significance of International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Raising Awareness

The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is crucial for telling people about the bad things that happen globally. It also encourages everyone to speak up against these crimes.

Hoping for a Better Future

This day is about giving hope. It wants everyone to work together for a future where we all feel safe and secure. Each person can do something today to make a better future.

Pointing Out Serious Problems

The day makes us think about society and how conflicts and problems at home can lead to terrible crimes against women. Many people ignore these crimes, but this day is about shining a light on this serious issue.

19th June 2024 Special Day

International Day Against Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 19 is a chance to stop these awful crimes during wars. This sad UN day recognizes how sexual violence hurts people and peace. It shows the need to help survivors rebuild their lives. This day gives hope that by speaking out, people can end these attacks. It inspires us to treat all people, especially women and children, with care and respect. By learning from each other on this day, we look forward to a future without fear. With compassion for victims and justice for crimes, we can have a world at peace.


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