The UN and Sexual Violence

Reuters flags an upcoming UN Security Council meeting June 19. The topic is how to elevate the sexual violence that occurs at horrific levels in many conflict zones to the very top of the security agenda. Critics like Stephen Lewis  are scathing about the UN’s failure to protect women from rape.  A conference in the UK this week tries to address the military side of the equation and what role peacekeepers could play.  My reporting in the DRC and Rwanda in December raised my own awareness of this issue.  I hope to do a radio piece exploring the UN angle before the June 19 meeting.

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