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GWL Voices strongly supports data collection on violence against women. We need more systematic, reliable, comparable, prevention and response oriented data on Sexual Violence in Conflict. This is critical to inform national and international policy, regulatory frameworks and rapid response and prevention strategies. Data and jurisprudence will also inform efforts on liability and accountability to combat impunity and promote access to justice. 

Access to technological tools should be guaranteed and used for emergency alerts, activate rapid response, and timely and accurately document the crime and facilitate accountability. New technologies, information platforms and  social media should be regulated to avoid the fueling of conflict,  become vehicles of hate speech and discrimination. We call for closing the gender gap in access to technologies and the digital world.

GWL Voices endorses multilateralism as a framework that will succeed in the eradication of violence against women in conflicts, and from GWL Voices members experience, we recognize that the fight against violence cannot succeed without collective efforts between national leaders as well as leaders from other sectors and social strata. We call on leaders from all segments of society to stand up to end violence against women through advocacy and practical actions, including resource mobilization to ensure women’s safety gets the attention it deserves.

We need perseverance, zero tolerance, and adequate resources used in a coordinated and effective way by leadership at all levels. Lack of action is neither an option nor a choice.


According to UNDP’s last report, rising rates of rape and sexual violence in conflict should serve as an alarm bell. For every woman who comes forward to report sexual violence during a conflict, 10 to 20 cases are estimated to go undocumented and unaddressed. That means, as a conservative estimate, for the 3,293 UN-verified cases of conflict-related sexual violence in 2021, an increase of 800 from the previous year, an additional 32,930 to 65,860 went unreported.

To achieve an equal world where women thrive and contribute significantly to their societies, violence against women in conflict and all spheres of society should be history. It’s time to move beyond rhetoric to action.

More significant efforts must be made to:

Empower survivors, address trauma, strengthen accountability and avenues for justice, and fight against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence.

Strengthening national systems to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence, empowering survivors to access justice, and opening up referral pathways to medical, psycho-social, and livelihood services.

International cooperation must be enhanced to counter increasing sexual and gender-based violence, harassment, and hate speech offline and online, as these threaten democracy by weakening women and girls’ participation in society.