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To promote the respect of women in armed conflicts

03-11-1999 Statement

Pledge Statement of the ICRC at the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The ICRC is gravely concerned at the occurrence of sexual violence in armed conflict. Sexual violence, in all its forms, is prohibited under international humanitarian law and should be vigorously prevented.

For this reason, the ICRC pledges:

To put emphasis throughout its activities on the respect which must be accorded to women and girl children. Focus will be placed on actively disseminating the prohibition of all forms of sexual violence to parties to an armed conflict.

Furthermore, to ensure that the specific protection, health and assistance needs of women and girl children affected by armed conflicts are appropriately assessed in its operations with the aim to alleviate the plight of the most vulnerable.

(Original signed by the President).