A Woman in Berlin as autobiographical diary thoroughly portrays the hideous facts of mass rape, within the eight weeks, in conflicted Germany towards of the end of Second World War. Also genocidal rape during the Rwanda massacre did not leave out shocking account of the horrible experiences and naturally only the victim-survivors were in a position to recount their ordeals.
Many times we’d have the statement — ‘never to let it happen again in the history of mankind’, nevertheless, there tend to be unbelievable upsurge of sexual violence in conflict zone.
Why me? These two words transformed into terrifying question are often disturbing, but what victim-survivors of sexual violence in conflict asked.
Marginalization of women and girls in conflict zone impede exposure to the vulnerability of sexual violence. Men wage war, or perhaps we ought to phrase clearer without any ambiguity. Who are first the decision makers at the governmental level? Both men and women, notwithstanding the majority lie with the men.
In collision, women and children are most often left behind, forgotten and abandoned. Perhaps if their welfare, safety and security were taken into account, the war would not have started. The political willpower of the mighty to retain power and suppress the minority prevents the existence of scrupulous assessment of the jeopardy involved if ventured into war.
Take for instance the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Regrettably, the media somehow downsize the collision only to power struggle between constitutional powers — Ukraine and Russian governments.
How about reporting on forceful sexual acts and assaults circulating among Pro-Russians and indigenous Ukrainians in cities like the recently annexed Crimea? That has never been brought to the limelight despite the fact that we knew this is happening, probably at the time of this writing.
Another example is the new South Sudan. This morning, I read a report from the PeaceWomen’s newsletter about the United Nation Security Council’s Open Debate on Sexual Violence, where Rhoda Misaka, a civil society representative from South Sudan spoke about the prevalent atrocities of sexual violence of Sudanese women and girls during conflict.
Sudan conflict widely depicts the continuum of sexual violence in conflict that needs to be addressed and fortuitously, forthcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the UK in June 10-13, 2014, will proffer tangible conclusion, most important, on disarmament because it is by reducing the proliferation of weapons of war that we can get to tackling sexual violence in conflict, and of course, in post-conflict zones.