International Day for the elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and World Refugee day

June 19th is the International Day for the elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and June 20th is the World Refugee day. The International Centre for Reproductive Health joins in solidarity with all women, men and children who are survivors of sexual violence, and refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons whom have had to flee their homes as a result of violence.

ICRH has been a strong advocate for policies and interventions that promote evidence based responses to survivors of violence and health system responses that are adapted and suited to the needs of refugees and migrants in their host countries. ICRH has done this through its different projects as for example the setting up of EN-HERA! The European Network for the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe & beyond with a framework for promotion of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, the Frame of Reference in SGBV Prevention Against and Among Young Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Unaccompanied Minors in the European Reception & Asylum Sector (SENPERFORTO), many trainings of asylum reception staff and the delivery of SRH promotion and SGBV prevention policy tools in the European capacity building project of EU countries under migratory pressure (SH-CAPAC). There is also ongoing research focused on sexual violence prevalence and impact and understanding social determinants that influence uptake of sexual and reproductive health services among migrants and refugees.

Access to sexual and reproductive health for refugees and migrants’ is a priority for ICRH and should be a key focus for governments and civil society. Programmes targeted at preventing sexual violence in conflict as well as in European asylum settings and developing evidence based responses should be promoted as a global health priority.