Sexual violence in Somalia
Afrique en Ligue-
Thursday, April 04, 2013
UN envoy happy with Somalia's efforts to combat sexual violence - The
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence
in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Bangura, has praised the Somali government's
efforts to enhance the protection of women against sexual violence.
Addressing journalists in Mogadishu, she said the Somali
government was engaged in discussions to develop a framework of
cooperation with other entities to address sexual violence.
who arrived in the Somali capital to raise awareness and discuss ways
of addressing sexual violence in the country, also praised Somali
journalists covering the subject, saying they had an important role to
play in raising awareness.
She met with UN officials, civil
society partners and a range of stakeholders to listen and learn about
the challenges faced in tackling sexual violence.
Her first trip to Somalia is intended to focus on information gathering to help inform future conversations with the government.
decided to make a trip to Somalia because I believe the country is
embarking on an important and exciting journey after many years of
conflict. I want to offer the support of my office in helping the
government achieve its stated goals of building an equitable society in
which human rights are respected and communities are free from sexual
and gender-based violence,” Bangura said.
Representative said a team of experts from her office would be deployed
to Somalia in July 2013 to work alongside the police and the military to
carry out a needs assessment for training and prosecution.
the role of Somali journalists, she said: “Journalists who research,
write and report these stories are an integral part of achieving this
'Without a free press to investigate and shine a light on
these issues so that people know what a devastating problem this is
worldwide, we can never hope to eradicate this scourge,' Bangura said.
The Sierra Leonean was appointed to her current post in September 2012.