Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Violence Against Internally Displaced Women Must End

This press release explains the risks of gender-based violence, discrimination, and sexual violence that women in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps face constantly. Sometimes, these tactics are used to instill fear during wars. Other times, women must choose between sending a male relative out though he might be killed, or going out themselves and risk being raped but at least surviving. Much needs to be done to prevent these forms of violence, and also to support the survivors.

Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text.

Eliminate violence against internally displaced women and girls, say UN Experts

For the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
November 25, 2014

GENEVA (25 November 2014) – Stronger, concerted efforts by all national and international actors are essential to prevent and eliminate violence against internally displaced women and girls, and to integrate their security needs in humanitarian responses, four UN human rights experts stressed on Tuesday, as the world marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“Women and girls account for some half of the world’s estimated 33.3 million people displaced by armed conflict, generalized violence and human rights violations,” said Chaloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur on internally displaced persons.

The risk of gender-based violence generally, and sexual violence in particular, increases dramatically following displacement and must be better recognized and confronted, he added.

“They flee to escape arbitrary killings, rape, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, forced recruitment or starvation, but too often, they encounter the same level of insecurity, violence and threats of violence, reinforced by a climate of impunity, at their destination, including in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs),” Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women said.
“Particular attention should be given to internally displaced older women. States have an obligation to ensure that this particular group be protected from physical and psychological abuse and violence, including neglect,” Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons added.

 

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