New guidelines will help post-conflict mediators address rape and sexual violence

Margot Wallström

Rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war in conflicts such as the Balkan wars of the 1990s to the current unrest in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But cease fire agreements and peace accords signed in the aftermath of fighting rarely make mention of these crimes.

Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, wants this to change. Together with the UN Department of Political Affairs, she has launched a set of guidelines for mediators to address this scourge.

Dianne Penn asked Ms. Wallström how this pamphlet aims to put sexual violence high on the agenda in post-conflict mediation.

Duration: 3’31″

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