Ambassador Gilad Erdan
Ambassador Gilad ErdanNoam Galai

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan will hold an important and timely event at the UN on Monday at 11:30 a.m. EST to expose the horrors and shocking acts of sexual violence committed by Hamas terrorists against Israeli women in the October 7 massacre and to demand the clear condemnation and recognition of these crimes by the UN and the international community.

The event will be held in partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), the World Zionist Organization, Shazur, WIZO, Hadassah and the Shusterman Foundation. At the event, which is taking place against the backdrop of the shameful silence of the UN, findings will be presented that prove the sexual violence carried out by Hamas on October 7.

Ambassador Erdan and Sheryl Sandberg, the Founder of Lean In, will speak at the event. A recorded speech by the former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be shown.

Also, members of medical teams, police, and lawyers will describe findings that prove the atrocities committed by Hamas against women. Hundreds of ambassadors and diplomats, senior UN officials including under-secretary-generals and representatives of UN agencies, Jewish organizations, and civil society organizations are expected to attend the event.

“Tomorrow at the UN, I will present the findings that prove the shocking crimes of sexual violence committed by Hamas on October 7th and which the UN and its organizations ignore, neglecting the women in Israel. UN Women, two months late, condemned the ‘descriptions’ of these crimes but still did not acknowledge that they actually happened and that Hamas committed them. We will continue to fight against this shocking neglect and for the whole world to recognize the crimes committed and the barbarity and cruelty of Hamas terrorists,” said Erdan.

The event will take place at the UN headquarters in New York.

After weeks of ignoring Hamas’ sexual violence during the October 7 attack, UN Women on Friday issued its first condemnation of the brutality.

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen called the conduct of UN Women “disgraceful” and urged its executive director to resign.

Last week, nearly two months after the October 7 attack, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres finally acknowledged that Hamas committed acts of sexual violence during the attack.

Erdan said in response, “The Secretary-General's words only sharpen the fact that when it comes to Israeli women, sexual violence that has been proven by state authorities still needs to be ‘investigated.’ For him, when it comes to Israeli women, you can doubt the facts and wait 55 days to call an unknown party to conduct an ‘investigation.’ He does not acknowledge that Hamas committed these crimes!”