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Women, peace and security: sexual violence in conflict - Security Council, VTC open debate.
14 Apr 2021 -  [Extracts from the concept note]

Sexual violence in conflict, especially when used as a brutal tactic of war, has left multiple enduring and devastating consequences for survivors and their families.

The aim of this open debate is to examine persisting challenges and identify measures for the prevention of and response to sexual violence in conflict, focusing on the provision of assistance and access to services for victims and their needs in terms of rehabilitation, justice and reintegration. In particular, it will take into account risks posed by the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has deepened intersecting global crises and heightened security and socioeconomic difficulties, as highlighted in the report of the Secretary-General on conflict-related sexual violence (S/2021/312).

The open debate will provide an opportunity to identify gaps and strengthen efforts to prevent and address sexual violence in conflict, improve assistance and support to victims in rebuilding their lives and livelihoods, analyse emerging and long-term challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and reinforce international commitments to address sexual violence in conflict. 

The following speakers will brief the Security Council:

- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten
- Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Denis Mukwege
- The Director of the South Sudan Women with Disabilities Network, Atim Caroline
- Another individual briefer (to be confirmed)