Established by

Secretary-General

Theme(s)

Gender

Year established

2009

Lead agency

Leadership

Ms. Margot Wallström (SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict)

UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action) unites the work of 13 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict. It is a concerted effort by the UN system to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.

UN Action’s efforts are guided by six principles:

  • Rape is not an inevitable consequence of conflict. It must be prevented.
  • Gender-based violence, including sexual violence, is a violation of fundamental human dignity and rights.
  • Attempts to end sexual violence must address gender-based inequalities by empowering women, and protecting and promoting their human rights.
  • The constructive involvement of men and boys is vital.
  • Survivors of sexual violence must guide advocacy and programming efforts to end sexual violence and secure peace.

SexualUN Action has three main pillars: 

  • Country Level Action: support joint strategy development and programming by UN Country Teams and Peacekeeping Operations, including building operational and technical capacity. 
  • Advocating for Action: action to raise public awareness and generate political will to address sexual violence as part of a broader campaign to Stop Rape Now. 
  • Learning by Doing: creating a knowledge hub on the scale of sexual violence in conflict, and effective responses by the UN and partners.