Further, the UNCT also launched a Public Service Announcement (PSA) of a joint statement from IOM Nepal Chief of Mission Maurizio Busatti, UNWOMEN Representative Ziad Sheikh, UNFPA Deputy Representative Kristine Blokhus and UNDP Country Director Renaud Raymond Henri Meyer urging everyone to act and join the fight against sexual violence in conflict. Watch the PSA here: http://bit.ly/29hbLgW.
Globally, IOM is on the front line in the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse, because we work in complex emergencies, including conflicts and natural disasters, where gender violence is widespread. In Nepal context, IOM has been working closely with the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction in the field of reparations, victims’ assistance and transitional justice.
Nepal used to be one of the conflict stricken nations where cases of sexual violence were rampant and many innocent lives suffered due to this heinous crime against humanity. There are number of stories that are untold due to the fear of stigmatization and threat. In 2011, Nepal launched a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Secretary General Resolutions 1325 and 1820. Nevertheless, recent reviews of the NAP suggest that a significant gap is still unaddressed in the area of provision of relief and support to sexual violence in conflict survivors, including access to Justice.
In one of its joint project with UNFPA, IOM formulated a CRSV Case Management Protocol for the provision of Services in Nepal. The protocol provides practical advice on how to design and carry out ethical and victim-centric case management for survivors of CRSV in Nepal and guiding on eventual standardization of existing and new data on CRSV in Nepal to enable the creation of a centralized CRSV database. Likewise, currently there is an existing pilot project funded by UN Women which address CRSV survivors of Kailali District to build their capacity and create a referral pathway to access needed services such as health, legal, psychosocial and livelihood.
“IOM and the UN have been continuously engaging with Government and relevant stakeholders to adhere Nepal’s commitment to international treaties, agreements and law. Reparations for survivors of sexual violence in conflict should be consultative and transformative so that survivors or others in the societies and communities do not face the risks of such violations again, stated Maurizio Busatti at his closing remarks.
“Everyone should take part in in the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse! It’ is time to Act!” he added.