Women and girls around the world continue to be the victims of unspeakable crimes, this is according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
As the world marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020 on Wednesday, November 25, Bensouda rued that despite progress made in the fight against these crimes, women still face sexual and gender-based violence, harassment, human trafficking, child marriages, and being forced to serve as child soldiers.
According to Bensouda, these crimes meted on women and girls have traditionally gone unreported and unpunished for too long, with a lasting negative impact on them.
“This annual commemoration offers the international community writ large an opportunity to take stock of the progress made, but also the hurdles and challenges that still stand in the way and which must be addressed,” said Bensouda.
ICC’s input on eliminating violence against women
Using the Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes(“SGBC”) and the Policy Paper on Children in the Prosecution office, the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeks to systematically investigate and prosecute sexual and gender-based crimes and crimes against or affecting children.
“My Office will continue to exert all efforts to meet challenges and ensure a measure of justice for the victims of these crimes. Together, with the competent authorities at the national level, we can and must close the impunity gap for violence against women and children, each within our respective complementary mandates,” adds Bensouda.