In developing the campaign, Ontario commissioned a study by Ipsos Reid, which showed that while most Ontarians believe they have an obligation to intervene if they witness sexual violence
, many Ontarians are still unsure whether certain behaviours constitute sexual violence
The signing took place at the SPLA-IO base of operations in South Sudan, following a workshop related to prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence
organized by the Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence
in Conflict, together with the Senior Women Protection Adviser from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Underscoring the need for all relevant parties in the region, while implementing counter-terrorism, peacebuilding and conflict resolution activities to take into account the importance of women's empowerment and the protection of women and girls at risk of sexual violence
, the Council also expressed the need to bring conflicts in the region to an end in order to reduce the opportunity for sexual violence
to be committed.
Essentially, a comprehensive response to conflict-related sexual violence
must include proactive and purposeful engagement with the security sector, particularly in settings where the security services may have been involved in the commission of sexual violence
The VACS data highlighted in this report focus on lifetime childhood sexual violence
(before age 18 years) among female and male respondents' ages 18 to 24 in seven countries (Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Haiti, and Cambodia).
Ambassador Nusseibeh also welcomed the progress made by the international community in combating conflict-related sexual violence
and said that it was only eight years ago that the Security Council formally recognised the use of conflict-related sexual violence
as a matter of international peace and security.
For the next month, we'll have numerous opportunities to become informed, engaged, empowered and challenged to do something powerful to help change the culture and prevent sexual violence
This is particularly true for the survivors of sexual violence
who face utter destitution when they are cast out of their families and communities because they happened to be raped.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the president has appointed a special representative to fight sexual violence
, and the Congolese armed forces have adopted an action plan, which has spurred new education, training, and capacity-building efforts to end sexual violence
While the recent adoption of the Action Plan of the FARDC to address sexual violence
was a major milestone, the convictions of General Kakwavu and other FARDC and PNC members translate it into a concrete and successful outcome," said Personal Representative Mabunda.
Providing fodder for Know Your IX's mission are students who have shared their negative experiences about how their schools handle sexual violence
In addition, 44 percent of women and 23 percent of men said they have experienced other forms of sexual violence
in their lives, including unwanted sexual contact and sexual coercion.