In today’s armed conflicts, it is now more dangerous to be a civilian woman than to be a soldier. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for instance, an estimated 1,150 women are raped every day. In the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. The Rwandan genocide saw more than 250,000 rapes in only 100 days. These are not isolated or freak occurrences—right now, conflict-related sexual violence is being perpetrated with impunity in Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
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