Posted by: unhcragd | June 16, 2009

U.N. Resolution on Sexual Violence – One Year Later

Three experts in the field of SGBV gathered at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, DC this week to evaluate U.N. Security Council Resolution 1820 which expressly addresses the problems of sexual violence in conflict situations. The measure was passed in June, 2008 and recognized for the first time that sexual violence can be a tactic of warfare.

There is hope that Resolution 1820 will ultimately help to change these trends. Linking sexual violence to international peace and security may help to show that it needs to be addressed in any conflict situation.

Anne-Marie Goetz of UNIFEM says that a war is not really over until sexual violence stops: “A ceasefire that stops the guns but doesn’t stop the rape means that sexual violence can continue occurring.”

Click here for the full story from IPS News


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