APWAPS’ Support to UN SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict
The Asia Pacific Women’s Alliance on Peace and Security (APWAPS) welcomes the decision of the UN Secretary General appointing Ms. Pramilla Patten as the Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict.
In a time of growing inequality and escalating violence, this particular mandate is highly strategic. We trust Ms. Patten to further advance the agenda to amplify prevention and enhance protection and accountability, and bring meaningful impacts on the ground. Hence, APWAPS looks forward to work with the UN SRSG and welcome opportunities to contribute to its meaningful advancement.
APWAPS, which was established in 2014, has rapidly grown to more than 80 affiliates in more than 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific; many of us have worked with Ms. Patten on CEDAW and UNSCR 1325. In 2015, we hosted the regional consultation for the Global Study on 15 years of implementing UNSCR 1325, during which sexual violence in conflict situation and its impacts was also highlighted as one of our key concerns. We continue to work on these issues in our diverse contexts subsequent to the publication of the Global Study.
Our position and strategies to follow up the findings and recommendation of the Global Study, as well as other global reviews occurred in 2015 in relation to women’s human rights in conflict situation can be found in this website.