The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Sept. 30 aimed at ending the use of sexual violence as a weapon against women and children during times of conflict. Also in today's Cheer's and Jeers column, a new report shows that over 142,000 women and girls who fled conflict-ridden Darfur, Sudan, and sought refuge in camps in Chad continue to be sexually violated.
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Here's today's update:
CHEERS AND JEERS OF THE WEEK
Clinton Speaks Out; U.N. Fails Refugees in Chad
By Kimberly St. Louis
The 15-member United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Sept. 30 aimed at ending the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war against women and children in a session chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton said the problem had received too little attention in both the Security Council and halls of government across the world.
Drafted by the United States, the resolution builds on U.N. resolutions in 2000 and 2008 that linked international peace with ending sexual violence and respecting women's right to participate in post-conflict negotiations and reconstruction planning.
The resolution calls for the appointment of a special representative for women and children, and asks the secretary general to identify a team of experts to work with governments to prevent sexual violence.
"The dehumanizing nature of sexual violence doesn't just harm a single individual or a single family or even a single village or a single group. It shreds the fabric that weaves us together as human beings," Clinton said. "It undermines economic progress. We need to understand that it holds all of us back."
More News to Cheer This Week:
Over 142,000 women and girls who fled conflict-ridden Darfur, Sudan, and sought refuge in camps in Chad continue to be sexually violated, despite the presence of U.N.-trained forces, Amnesty International reported Sept. 30.
"These women fled Darfur, hoping that the international community and Chadian authorities would offer them some measure of safety and protection," Tawanda Hondora, the deputy director of Amnesty's Africa program, told Lebanon's Daily Star. "That protection has proved to be elusive and they remain under attack."
Amnesty said it was unable to collect substantial statistics on the attacks on female refugees during a visit to Chad earlier this year, as several women declined to report assaults to avoid public shame.
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Kimberly St. Louis is an editorial intern at Women's eNews through the New York Arts Program. She is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University studying journalism and politics and government.
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