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During humanitarian emergencies, women and girls are especially vulnerable to gender-based violence – including conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). UNICEF’s vision is that the rights of girls and women to live free from all forms of gender-based violence in emergencies are fulfilled.

UNICEF’s response to conflict-related sexual violence is part of our wider response to gender-based violence in emergencies , and is coordinated with our contribution to systems addressing protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. UNICEF works worldwide to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in emergencies in line with three outcomes: provide survivors with access to comprehensive services, mitigate the risk of gender-based violence across humanitarian settings and prevent gender-based violence by addressing its underlying conditions and drivers. UNICEF also contributes to the monitoring of conflict-related sexual violence through such mechanisms as the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements (MARA) on conflict-related sexual violence established by UNSCR 1960 and the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) on grave violations against children established by UNSCR 1612. We also engage in advocacy on conflict-related sexual violence across emergency settings to promote accountability and deter violence.