2013 | Declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict.
This Declaration was launched in New York on 24 September 2013 during the United Nations General Assembly, by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura. 122 UN member States signed the declaration.
The Declaration acknowledges that the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence during conflict ‘is one of the greatest, most persistent and most neglected injustices’, can perpetuate conflict and instability, often for generations, and should no longer be viewed as ‘a lesser crime’. It contains ‘a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war, which terrorises and destroys communities during conflict. The Declaration sends an important message to the victims of these crimes that the international community has not forgotten them, and to the perpetrators of rape that they will be held to account.’