Fact Sheet: Sexual Violence in Conflict

19 June 2019: On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, ACLED data confirm that sexual violence remains a serious threat around the world — both inside and outside of war-time contexts. Over the past year, ACLED has recorded an overall increase in reported sexual violence events,* and across regions political…

Regional Overview – Africa 21 May 2019

Major developments for the week of May 12th include successful military offensives in Nigeria, a large reported Islamic State attack in Niger, several al Shabaab bombings in Somalia, continued violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu and political turmoil in Central African Republic and Sudan. In Nigeria, military forces made significant inroads against Boko…

Regional Overview – Africa 14 May 2019

Key developments in Africa in the week of May 5th include continued government offensives against al Shabaab in Somalia, renewed al Shabaab attacks in Kenya, the ongoing battle of Tripoli in Libya, communal and rebel violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, international military operations in Burkina Faso and election protests in South Africa. In Somalia,…

Regional Overview – Africa 7 May 2019

Key developments in Africa in the week of April 28th include continued Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad region, ongoing election and governance protests in Sudan, Benin and South Africa, Islamic State activity in Democratic Republic of Congo, and a declared state of emergency in Somaliland. In Nigeria and Cameroon, Shekau and Barnawi (ISWAP)…

Sexual Violence in the ACLED Dataset

With the release of its new sub-event type categorization ACLED now includes a ‘Sexual violence’ sub-event type under the larger ‘Violence against civilians’ event type. This sub-event type includes all political/public violence of a sexual nature. Sexual violence events captured within the ACLED dataset include “sexual violence in conflict” or “conflict-related sexual violence”, such was…