People who survive sexual violence in conflict need sexual and reproductive health services

Posted by Maria Codina on May 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm



KIT Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) is very concerned about the failure of the United Nations Security Council to acknowledge the need of survivors of sexual violence in conflict to receive sexual and reproductive health services.

KIT welcomes the adoption of the UN security council Resolution 2467 on Sexual Violence in Conflict for stressing the importance of addressing sexual violence in conflict. However KIT regrets that the part which highlighted the need for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) has been removed.

The resolution emphasizes much needed prevention and protection, and refers to psychological, social, and medical support but fails to acknowledge the need for full sexual and reproductive health services. The latter includes access to family planning and emergency contraception, safe abortion, and medicines to prevent STIs and HIV. Neglecting to acknowledge the need for these services means neglecting the most crucial needs of survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

KIT calls upon UN member states and organisations involved in care for survivors of sexual violence in conflict to ensure that the full range of Sexual and Reproductive Health services are offered to all women and men.


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