Presidential Memorandum to Promote Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence – The White House


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Today, President Biden will sign a Presidential Memorandum on Promoting Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence to strengthen the U.S. government’s efforts to combat conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), a too-often overlooked and underreported crime. For each rape reported in connection with a conflict, the United Nations estimates that 10 to 20 cases go undocumented. The United States does not accept CRSV as an inevitable cost of armed conflict, and is committed to supporting survivors through all available measures —including legal, policy, diplomatic, and financial tools—to deter future violence.

President Biden is issuing this Presidential Memorandum on the occasion of the United Kingdom’s international ministerial conference on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, and at a time when CRSV persists with impunity around the world, including in Russian-occupied Ukraine and Ethiopia. 

Today’s action complements the Administration’s comprehensive efforts to support survivors of CRSV, including by promoting gender equity and equality, addressing the root causes of conflict, and advancing Women, Peace and Security.  In particular, it is aimed at:
To further demonstrate the Biden-Harris Administration’s unwavering commitment to supporting survivors of CRSV and all forms of gender-based violence, the United States has also pledged to:
Together with today’s Presidential Memorandum on Promoting Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, these initiatives signal President Biden’s ongoing commitment to confront gender-based violence—in all of its forms—around the world. The Biden-Harris Administration stands with survivors of sexual violence in conflict, and invites the international community to join us in strengthening accountability for CRSV as part of a holistic response that includes fostering the health, well-being and healing of survivors; expanding access to justice; enhancing provision of psycho-social support and other life-saving services; and supporting economic empowerment.

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