INTERNATIONAL DAY

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

19 June 2024

The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed on 19 June each year. This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293)  in 2015 to raise awareness about the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, honour the victims and survivors, and pay tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, standing up against these crimes.(Source: un.org)

In conflict zones, the risk of early and forced marriages increases as families seek to protect their daughters from sexual violence or as a coping mechanism for economic survival. Early marriage usually results in girls dropping out of school. (Source: UNICEF)

Conflicts often result in the destruction of schools and displacement of communities. Girls who are displaced may have limited access to safe and secure educational facilities, and their schooling is often interrupted or terminated altogether. (Source: UNESCO)