The AICS supports the Declaration of Call for Action on the occasion of the VIII International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: 19 June
The Call to Action is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2013 to radically transform the way gender-based violence is addressed in humanitarian emergencies.
The aim is to drive change and promote accountability so that every humanitarian effort, from the earliest stages of a crisis, includes policies, systems and mechanisms to mitigate the risks of gender-based violence, especially violence against women and girls. and to provide security. and comprehensive services to people affected by gender-based violence.
Elimination of sexual violence
Sexual violence in conflict situations is a brutal crime, perpetrated against women, men, girls and boys and poses a threat to international peace and security, a serious violation of international humanitarian law and human rights, and a major obstacle to to post-conflict reconciliation. and economic development.
Used as a cruel strategy of war, terror, political repression and torture, sexual violence is now exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19, so much so that it is considered a “shadow pandemic”.
The AICS, which participates in the activities of the Call to Action for the Protection of Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, continues to work globally to mitigate, prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence and other forms of violence. sexist, according to the Guidelines on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (downloadable in .pdf) adopted by the Agency on 16 December 2020 – which includes this issue among the priorities for action in the sector.
To this end, in 2020, the AICS funded 22 projects (for a total of around 34 million euros) specifically aimed at gender equality, and 89 projects (for a total value of more than 313 million euros). ‘euros) which includes gender equality as a component. .
Numerous projects have been launched to help combat sexual violence in conflicts.
In Syria, for example, Italian Cooperation has been supporting women survivors of gender-based violence for years, thanks to collaboration with United Nations agencies, UNFPA and UNDP.
In the government of Raqqa, one of the areas most affected by hostilities, many women have received psychosocial assistance and support for the creation of economic opportunities.
Fatima, for example, with only two sheep, 240 kg of fodder, training and the continued support of the Italian Cooperation project, was able to start a small business and provide for the support of her family.
Elimination of sexual violence
INDEX GUIDELINES ON GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN, GIRLS AND GIRLS (2020-2024) – THE ITALIAN SYSTEM
2. GENDER POLICY IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
2.1. The 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Program of Action
2.2. Policies and commitments for crisis contexts and situations of fragility
2.3. Gender Policies of the United Nations Development Operating System
2.4. Gender policies of the European Union:
Gender action plan
II and III, European Consensus on Development
2.5. Gender in G7 / G8 development agendas, G20 and other multilateral forums
2.6. Italian approach and international context, women, girls and girls as protagonists of sustainable development
- THE ITALIAN SYSTEM
3.1. IL MAECI and the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGCS)
3.2. Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)
3.3. The Deposit and Loan Fund (CDP)
3.4. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the National Council for Development Cooperation (CNCS)
3.5. Territorial Cooperation
3.6. The private sector
3.7. Universities and research institutes
3.8. Transversality of the gender dimension and traceability of resources for women: internal gender mainstreaming.
- PRIORITY OF ACTION FOR THE PROMOTION OF GEWE
4.1. Gender-based violence and the rights of women and girls
4.2. Empowerment of women and the private sector
4.3. Agricultural development, food security and climate change
4.4. Promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights
4.5. Vocational education and training
4.6. Gender equality, humanitarian aid and fragile contexts
Italy’s commitments to WHS are available on the website of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation: DOWNLOAD
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Elimination of sexual violence in conflicts: June 19 / Cristina Adriana Botis / Editorial board