- Available to:
- I prefer male
- Tint of my iris:
- Dark green
- What is my Sign of the zodiac:
- What I prefer to drink:
- I like piercing:
Someone my age? I'm looking for someone my age, not too old. I want a little more.
We publicly applaud these efforts and urge other countries and parties to conflict to follow suit.
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In other words: Sexual violence as a grave violation is not just underreported; parties do not seem to take this violation in all seriousness, despite commitments to end and prevent the violation. These figures and more detailed information can be found in the latest report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict published earlier this week.
Another problem arises with COVID lockdowns because these can amplify the threat to children of being subjected to violence due to greater military and armed presence in cities and villages, and of being recruited, used, abducted, or sexually violated due to push and pull factors in the economic downturn created by the lockdown measures.
To date, parties in at least 11 countries have committed to halt hostilities, including several on the Children and Armed Conflict agenda. While the full impact of COVID on boys and girls living in armed conflict, including in situations of detention, will only be exposed over time, we know already that further lack of access to healthcare and other basic services which are fragile at best in situations of conflict is creating special challenges to girl and boy survivors of sexual violence that need urgent and specialized medical and psychological support.
My Office is mandated by the General Assembly, and requested by the Security Council, to monitor and report on violations affecting children in situations of armed conflict. The actual of survivors of sexual violence is staggering.
In some instances, governments have restricted access to verification sites, and interim care centers may be unsafe for children during the pandemic. Thank you. We do this through a Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism, which verified cases of sexual violence, including rape, against children in occurring in the 19 situations covered by my agenda.
Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, While the full impact of COVID on boys and girls living in armed conflict, including in situations of detention, will only be exposed over time, we know already that further lack of access to healthcare and other basic services which are fragile at best in situations of conflict is creating special challenges to girl and boy survivors of sexual violence that need urgent and specialized medical and psychological support.
For all of these reasons, and in these extraordinary times, It is critical that we do not forget children affected by armed conflict when responding to the pandemic, as their protection, release, and reintegration remains more important than ever.
Our teams on the ground are continually evaluating the situation and developing mitigation measures, including business continuity strategies with local partners. Lastly, the release and reintegration of children associated with parties to conflict remains a top priority, also true for our partners such as UNICEF, however, the COVID response is challenging the release and reintegration of boys and girls in many ways.
The fear of COVID has further amplified barriers to reporting sexual violence to child protection actors or to health workers, hence survivors of sexual violence might not be reached. Such restrictions may also interrupt the release process. As the Secretary-General has highlighted, the most vulnerable populations are hit the hardest by the pandemic and lockdowns; these are the women, displaced persons and children, with children in conflict situations or child refugees bearing a disproportionate burden.
I am also extremely concerned that vulnerability of boys and girls to become victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence will increase due to weakened child protection mechanisms and a reduced presence of child protection actors.
I call on Member States to ensure that boys and girls receive the necessary support to meet their critical needs, including the specific needs of survivors of sexual violence. We further noticed that commitments and efforts put in place by parties to conflict, such as action plans, national legislation and ability for perpetrators, are not reflected in the verified s of sexual violence.
I will continue to appeal to parties to halt their fire, and to engage with them to protect children. On 23 Marchthe Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire to refocus attention on the true fight: defeating the pandemic. Reintegration support, including mental health and psychosocial support for survivors of sexual violence, is being further delayed. Peace remains the best way to ensure that boys and girls are maximally protected from experiencing any of the six grave violations, including rape and other forms of sexual violence.
This must change. Sexual violence against boys and girls is one of the most important violations we monitor, along with the killing and maiming of children, their recruitment and use, abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access. But we also know that sexual violence is the most underreported violation for reasons of stigma experienced by survivors, rejection by families and communities, lack of ability for perpetrators, and lack of access to medical and other resources services.
Our monitoring and reporting capacity may also be affected by lockdowns and other movement restrictions; and our capacity to verify information will likely be impacted.