Monday, June 23, 2008

UN Comdemns Sexual Violence as a War Tactic

Women in conflict-ridden countries across the world are familiar with the use of rape as a tactic of war used to pollute gene pools during ethnic cleansing or to demoralize the opposing forces. However, this week the United Nations has officially begun to recognize it as such and to call for its immediate end in a resolution sponsored by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The resolution, sponsored by the United States, declared rape and sexual violence as a “war tactic” that aims to “humiliate, dominate, instill fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group.”

The recognition of rape as a weapon of war by the international community is significant and historic because it acknowledges what has been described as “one of history’s greatest silences” — the sexual violation of women and girls during periods of conflict.

Ever since men started fighting other men for territory and resources, rape has been used as a weapon to subdue and conquer the enemy.

Read more here and here. View the entire resolution here.

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