Sexual violence in armed conflicts and other situations of violence has long been widespread. Appalled by the frequency of the abuse and the grave and long-lasting consequences that victims and their families and communities continue to suffer, the ICRC decided in 2013 to undertake a four-year commitment (2013–16) to expand its focus on preventing and responding to the problem of sexual violence. The current Special Report follows up on the objectives presented in the Special Appeal 2014 and covers: (i) the background of the project and its goals for 2013–16; (ii) discussions of the developments, activities and progress that occurred in 2014 and directly relate to this initiative; (iii) the ICRC’s activities in five selected countries, to serve as concrete examples of the organization’s field activities which seek to create an atmosphere conducive to the prevention of sexual violence and supportive of victims. The last section presents the expenses for activities related to this initiative.
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