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Event to commemorate the 5th official observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict - The Importance of a Survivor-Centred Approach
19 Jun 2019 -  The effects of conflict-related sexual violence, borne by the survivors and their children, echo across generations through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy. In an effort to counter these effects, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2467 on 23 April 2019 which articulates a survivor-centred approach to the prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence.
The survivor-centred approach has several facets, including: medical and psychosocial assistance; sexual and reproductive health care; educational, economic, and livelihood support; justice for survivors and their children; and the end of impunity for perpetrators. Furthermore, this approach calls for support to trained service providers, including international and local civil society organisations, to ensure high-quality services for survivors.
This year, the International Day will call attention to the need for a holistic survivor-centred approach that builds the resilience of affected individuals while minimizing the risk of re-traumatization, social ostracism, stigma and reprisals. Such an approach ensures that the safety and welfare of survivors is paramount.
This occasion further provides an opportunity for sharing best practices and lessons learnt in the implementation of a survivor-centred approach.
Opening segment:
Moderator: Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mr. Tonderai Chikuhwa
Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, Minister Alejandro Verdier
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Under-Secretary-General, Ms. Pramila Patten
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and Under-Secretary-General, Ms. Virginia Gamba