Survivors of sexual violence, as well as suffering from trauma, are often ridiculed, shamed and ostracised from their families and communities. They are treated differently, cut off from support networks and denied justice. That is why challenging the stigma of sexual violence is so important and I fully support Remembering Srebrenica’s theme this year.
Last year I co-hosted an event to boost international collaboration on the campaign to end the stigma of sexual violence. The UK is bringing together survivors, experts, civil society plus many others to challenge these attitudes and work to end stigma.
The courage of the women of Bosnia who dared to speak out and fight for justice is rightly being recognised. Perpetrators and those with the greatest responsibility for wartime rape and sexual violence must face justice for these heinous crimes, which are serious breaches of international law. New generations must be educated if we are to put an end to sexual violence in conflict.