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Under the guidance of Women’s Protection Advisors, peacekeeping missions carry out a wide range of multi-disciplinary work to prevent and respond to CRSV and promote the recovery and empowerment of survivors. Civilian, military and police peacekeepers all contribute to these efforts, working in partnership with a range of actors, including host countries, UN agencies, national and international NGOs, victims/survivors, civil society organizations and the SRSG-SVC.

Peacekeeping missions engage in political advocacy with parties to the conflict and undertake community engagement and awareness raising. They also monitor, identify risks and support early warning, and conduct preventive actions, including through the use of force. Missions build national capacity to address CRSV, including working with justice and security institutions to bring an end to impunity, as well as support initiatives that empower and bring redress to survivors.

Visit https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/conflict-related-sexual-violence for more information

News from DPO:

DPO launches a first of its kind report capturing activities and good practices in preventing and responding to CRSV by MINUSCA, MINUSMA, MONUSCO, UNAMID and UNMISS in 2020

Launched on 23 June 2021, the report promotes the implementation of the DPO/DPPA/OHCHR/OSRSG-SVC Policy for United Nations Field Missions on Preventing and Responding to CRSV and accompanying handbook, both released in 2020, by enhancing mission-to-mission learning and raising the profile of the CRSV mandate among personnel in peacekeeping missions, Headquarters and Member States… Find the Report here.

UNAMID launches Network for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Greater Jebel Mara area of Darfur

On 10 December, the Women Protection Advisory Unit of the Human Rights Section (HRS) launched a Network for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Greater Jebel Mara area of Darfur. The launch, held at Jebel Mara Gardens in Zalingei town, was part of events organized by HRS to  commemorate the International Human Rights Day and to conclude this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, marked annually between 25 November and 10 December… Read More

L’impunité n’est pas une Fatalité

Leila Zerrougui salue la condamnation à perpétuité pour crimes de guerre du chef du groupe armé Nduma Defense of Congo (NDC) Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka par la justice militaire à Goma… Read More

16 Jours Pour Oranger le Monde Contre les Violences Faites aux Femmes et aux Fille

Depuis le 25 novembre dernier et jusqu’au 10 décembre prochain, le monde vit au rythme de la lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes et aux filles. Dénommée 16 jours d’activisme cette campagne annuelle est aussi mondiale. Cette année, le thème international est « Orangez le monde : financez, intervenez, prévenez, collectez ! ». La MINUSMA et le Système des Nations Unies ne sont pas en reste et apportent leur soutien à la lutte du Gouvernement, des associations et des ONG contre ce fléau…Read More

Survivors of Sexual Violence in South Sudan Struggle to Access Health Care

Survivors of conflict-related sexual violence continue to struggle to access adequate medical and mental health care, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the UN Human Rights Office… Read More

Health Care Deficit Causing Fresh Trauma to Sexual Violence Survivors in South Sudan

Many survivors of the widespread and pervasive sexual violence that has plagued South Sudan throughout its five-year civil war suffer not only from the sexual assault, but also an inability to access the health care they need to physically and emotionally recover… Read More

Combating Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the Heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo

My name is Elena Schiatti and I serve as Women Protection Advisor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO). Between 2016 and 2018, this province witnessed a violent armed conflict between the Kamwina Nsapu militia and State security and defense forces… Read More

Elena Schiatti: Mon Plus Grand Bonheur c’est de Voir le Sourire Apaisé d’une Survivante de Violences Sexuelles Lorsque la Justice Lui est Rendue

La région du Kasaï, en République Démocratique du Congo, a connu une grave crise sécuritaire entre 2017 et 2018, à la suite de la rébellion provoquée par la milice Kamwina Nsapu contre les forces de sécurité de l’État dans les provinces du Kasaï. Cette crise s’est soldée par de nombreux dégâts humains, y compris de graves violations des droits de l’homme. Les femmes ont particulièrement payé un lourd tribut car nombreuses sont devenues veuves, d’autres affectées par des violences sexuelles commises par les différents belligérants… Read More


UN Peacekeeping places survivors at center of conflict-related sexual violence response & prevention

Ending conflict-related sexual violence: what the UN is doing

Combating Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Prevent – Deter – Protect

A platform for purpose – Huma’s story


More Information:

DPO’s Trello on Conflict Related Sexual Violence

DPO’s Official Website


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