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Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 19

The term “conflict-related sexual violence” refers to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilization, forced marriage and any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity perpetrated against women, men, girls or boys that is directly or indirectly linked (temporally, geographically or causally) to a conflict. Acknowledging sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism, it further affirmed that victims of trafficking and sexual violence committed by terrorist groups should be eligible for official redress as victims of terrorism.  This day is to commemorate the adoption of Security Council resolution 1820 in which the Council condemned sexual violence as a tactic of war and an impediment to peace-building.

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