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UN Security Council Backs Advocate for Women in War Zones

By Suzanne Hoeksema

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council Wednesday called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a special representative to intensify efforts to end sexual violence against women and children in conflict situations.

Speaking as the current chair of the Security Council, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed that, "The dehumanising nature of sexual violence does not 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, it endangers families and communities, erodes social and political stability, and undermines economic progress."

The resolution was sponsored by more than 60 countries, including Rwanda, Croatia and Bosnia, where rape was widely used as a weapon of war.

The special representative would oversee the implementation of two Security Council resolutions: 1325, passed in 2000, which urged to all parties in conflicts to "respect women's rights and increase their participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction processes"; and 1820, passed in 2008, which "affirmed the ambitions set out in 1325 and established a link between maintaining international peace and security".

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