March 7, 2024

In the face of alleged sexual violence reported since October 7th in Gaza and Israel, ActionAid stands firm: Every report of sexual violence against women demands thorough investigation. It’s not just a crime; it’s a gross violation of human rights, a war crime, and a crime against humanity under international law. The alleged sexual violence and harassment against any woman, both in Israel and Palestine, are deeply troubling and must be addressed. International mechanisms like the ICC and specialized courts must prosecute any alleged crimes. 

The staggering toll of violence cannot be ignored. More than three women are killed in Gaza every hour, with over 6,200 women killed since October 7th. Women and children make up nearly 70% of the total death toll, with almost 900,000 women displaced and facing starvation. 

This violence is a stark reminder of the global failure to protect women and children. ActionAid calls for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and the safe return of civilian hostages and displaced persons. All parties must adhere to international law, prioritize the rights of women and girls, and ensure essential resources reach those in need, including 5,500 women about to give birth in Gaza. 

Together, we must act to protect the rights and lives of women and girls in crisis zones and ensure justice and accountability for all.


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  • Niranjali Amerasinghe, Executive Director of ActionAid USA 
  • Riham Jafari, Coordinator of Advocacy and Communication for ActionAid Palestine 

About ActionAid    

ActionAid is a global federation working withmore than 41 million people living in more than 71 of the world’s poorest countries.We want to see a just, fair, and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. We work to achieve social justice and gender equality and to eradicate poverty.