Today is the sixth annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and to mark the day, the UN will be hosting an online event that will focus on the effects of Co-Vid19 on the lives of survivors and the work of the UN as a whole.
Sexual violence is the act of attempting to obtain sexual benefits through violence or coercion. Activities characterised under this umbrella are cases like sexual assault, rape, voyeurism, cyber-harassment, stalking and a list of many others.
As a ripple effect of CoVid-19 and the lockdown that came with it, there has been an increase in the rate of sexual violence and domestic violence globally. Victims have been forced to stay in close proximity with their abusers in a bid to protect themselves from the deadly virus, it’s like they are in a loop of running to save their lives either from a virus or an abuser.
But there has been a little positive in this period of gloom, individuals have been forced to look within and fight societal issues caused by everyday people. It’s more like ‘there is this virus out there killing people and there is not much we can do about it, but can we as humans stop killing and hurting ourselves while we come out of this alive?” and so there have been safe protests both physically and in the digital space against these societal issues such as racism, police brutality and the most recent one being rape and sexual violence.
Over the years, the system may have failed victims of oppression but those times have changed, you can now seek help and speak up for justice to prevail and in the long run, end any form of abuse. To learn more about the fight to end sexual violence, please visit the UN’s portal dedicated to eradicating sexual violence in conflict here. You can also join the live event on YouTube at 11:00 pm (wat)