Political leaders challenged to pass laws to end violence against women
Political leaders around the world have been challenged by a top United Nations envoy to pass laws that empower women to end sexual violence against them.
Speaking in Geneva Margot Wallström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict reiterated her call for an end to conflict-related sexual violence against women.
Ms. Wallström said military leaders and commanders should take a clear stand against sexual violence.
"I challenge political leaders to take their responsibility. It's very important that they make sure that legislation empowers women and ensures justice for women because, as you know, sexual violence has become a tactic of choice for armed groups, being cheaper, more destructive and easier to get away with."
Ms. Wallström said that religious and community leaders also have a role to play to get rid of the shame and stigma that is put on women and victims instead of the perpetrators.