UN Security Council Resolution 1888
Unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council on September 30, 2009, Security Council Resolution 1888 urges Member states to implement strategies to halt the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war. Resolution 1888 reinforces the women, peace, and security agenda, mainly resolution United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008), by giving the international community tools to develop concrete and practical measures at the country level. Key provisions:
- Calls for the appointment of a Special Representative to provide leadership and coordination to the United Nations efforts’ in addressing sexual violence in armed conflict.
- Urges legal and judicial reforms by States to end impunity of sexual violence during conflict and bring about justice to victims.
- Discusses the inclusion of acts of rape and sexual violence as designated sanctions.
- Requires peacekeeping mandates to include provisions on the prevention and response to sexual violence, as well as provisions on the protection of women and children led by women’s protection advisers.
- Invites local and national leaders to sensitize communities on sexual violence in order to avoid stigmatization of victims and assist with their reintegration in society.
- Urges the inclusion of issues related to sexual violence in areas of pre-ceasefires, human rights agreements, and DDR.
- Requests early-warning indicators of the use of sexual violence.
- Women, Peace and Security
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1889
- Women and peace organisations