"Advancing peace" by advancing empowerment of women: Deputy UN chief
The UN deputy chief briefed the Security Council this Thursday on the "first-of-its kind" high level mission to Africa which she led last month, devoted to advancing the empowerment of women.Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was joined on the trip by the Executive Director of UN Women, and the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, as well as the African Union Commission Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security.She said they were "four African women from two organizations, visiting two countries with one goal."The mission visited Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in late July.The deputy UN chief said the mission had focused entirely on women, peace, security and development."We made a point of spending the lion's share of our time with women and girls most affected by conflicts, including through visits to camps for Internally Displaced Persons. While each country is unique, the situations share some commonalities. Both have dismally low-levels of women's political participation, and are experiencing conflicts marked by extremely high levels of sexual and gender-based violence…In northern Nigeria, abductions, forced marriage and the use of women as suicide bombers have taken a terrible toll. And in the camps, sexual exploitation, including in the form of sex-for-food, is a new and alarming trend."Source: United Nations Radio, August 10, 2017.
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