Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Is a Constant Threat in the Central African Republic

By Katie Bacharach

The UN News Centre reported on the second official visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) made by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, on March 17 to 19. She met with State officials, civil society representatives, and humanitarian workers to discuss practical arrangements for the prevention of and response to conflict-related sexual violence. 

Displaced persons in CAR face a constant threat of atrocities committed by perpetrators of inter-communal and inter-religious violence, including rape and gang rape, forced marriage, sexual mutilation, abduction, and sexual slavery. Ms. Bangura agreed to the U.N.-backed deployment of a rapid response unit of the national gendarmerie to respond to incidents of sexual violence in conflict in an effort to combat the climate of impunity.