UN Women Calls for Rigorous Investigation into Allegations of Gender-Based Violence by Hamas

After hearing allegations of gender-based violence on October 7 from Israeli women by Hamas, UN Women demanded a "rigorous investigation" into the matter.

The news of sexual assault and rape spread like wildfire in the hours following the Hamas slaughter. Survivors' and eyewitness' accounts, as well as footage from Hamas body cameras, have shown several other atrocities in the weeks after. Forensic investigators found evidence that Hamas militants tortured, raped, and mistreated Israeli victims. The testimony of former army head rabbi Rabbi Israel Weiss corroborated the findings of sexual assault on the remains.

In a video testimony to Israeli authorities, a woman who posed as a corpse claimed to have seen a gang rape at the Nova party in Re'im, according to an October 7th Washington Post investigation into the use of rape as a weapon of war. According to her story, a member of the Hamas terrorist group brutally raped a lady before handing her on to a fellow member, who subsequently shot her in the head.

He chose not to remove his pants. The eyewitness told The Washington Post that the gunman shot the woman while she was inside.

There was a speech on the war by the director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women at UN headquarters this week. "Women and girls are paying the highest price of conflicts," UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous told members during a Security Council discussion on "The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question."

According to her, women and children make up around 67% of the casualties in Gaza since October 7. Of the almost 14,000 casualties, over 9,000 were children and women. Two moms per hour and seven women every two hours is the rate of murder. “We mourn them all,” she proclaimed.


According to Bahous, who expressed her worry about allegations of gender-based violence, "Every act of violence against women and girls, including sexual violence, is unequivocally condemned, and must be fully investigated with the utmost priority."

In her address to the Council, she shared the news that UN Women had held a meeting with Israeli women, listened to their stories of exposing gender-based crimes, and urged for a peace deal that would benefit women on all sides of the conflict.


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