If I win the Young Visionaries contest I will organize symposium targeting young people that will address the issue of sexual violence in countries where there is conflict, particularly Darfur.
Sexual violence takes place as women flee their homes and villages, within internally displaced person (IDP) camps, and within the home. Women have been raped and attacked when going out to fetch firewood, find grass or straw to sell, build huts, or farm and mill. As the conflict continues, there are increased reports of the violence inside the IDP’s camp, including domestic violence and women involvement in high risk.
Rape destroys individual lives, traumatizes the population and fractures society.
Rather than care, the women and children who are subjected to sexual violence receive rejection. The horrific practice we have seen in Darfur of actually imprisoning the victims of rape rather than providing them medical care, adds to an already appalling pattern of neglect and abuse. All too frequently the victims of rape find inadequate care even when they do make their way to a clinic. In many places the fear of mistreatment and stigma stops people from searching for necessary assistance.
Humanitarian agencies that work in the conflict area for emergency intervention need to implement a comprehensive plan of interventions to improve the reproductive health services. They must also work to raise awareness and provide counseling on reproductive health related issues, including gender-based violence (GBV). The agencies must support the Ministry of Health and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in providing life-saving and life-sustaining reproductive health care.
Humanitarian groups should also:
Sexual violence is a societal ill. We are, as youth, looking to reduce this habit and we are in need of real change, god willing. If we strive together we will change, and create a happy life for all.